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Bethalto Police may soon be listening to a dispatcher from Wood River. There has been a statewide initiative to consolidate dispatching operations into larger regions in recent years, complete with a mandate that it must be done. While some Madison County communities are yet to do so, it is inevitable that all eventually will.
Bethalto Mayor Alan Winslow tells The Big Z the village board this week approved a resolution to approve negotiating with Wood River for dispatching services.
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He says with current staffing issues it is best to move forward now. Winslow hopes to have an agreement within the next week or two.