Rode the five hundred
Police Chief Russell Jack is anticipating at least 500 people to show up at the Common Council meeting on April 17th in support of the city of Waukesha’s emergency call center and against the proposed consolidation with the county’s emergency call center. He has requested possibly moving the Common Council meeting to Waukesha North High School to accomodate the crowd.
As of Friday, Mayor Jeff Scrima, Acting City Administrator Steve Crandell, IT manager Bret Mantey, and Chief Jack were scheduled to meet at city hall on Tuesday to discuss moving the meeting. Mantey estimated costs for moving the meeting between $5000 and $8000, depending on equipment rental costs and whether the meeting is recorded to be broadcast later on the city’s television channel TV 25.
Large turnouts to protect police departments from consolidation of services are not uncommon. It will be interesting to learn who is organizing this effort, especially as the mayor has already indicated opposition to consolidating the call center with the county’s call center.