Update on Plans to Consolidate Bangor, County Dispatch Services 

Catherine Pegram

City councilors will get an update tonight on plans to consolidate Bangor Police dispatch services. The council gave the go-ahead last month to pursue combining the city’s dispatch with Penobscot County Regional dispatch.The city pays for services from both of them right now. The goal is to save money while not sacrificing safety.Tonight councilors will hear from the interim city manager about the last couple of meetings with county officials regarding the consolidation. And a Bangor police dispatcher opposed to that idea can now work to try to overturn the council’s decision. The city clerk tells us Jim Morrill was given the official paperwork today to collect petition signatures from those opposed to combining dispatch services. Morrill has 30 business days to get a 2,236 signatures. If he’s successful, the issue will go to a citywide vote.