Your Mount Dora City Council held a 3-hour public work session on April 10th to discuss the proposed transfer of our Police dispatch services to the Lake County Sheriff's Office. Work Sessions are public meetings where agenda items are discussed but not voted upon.
Like any idea, many people have many differing ideas and concerns. I'm choosing not to voice my opinion today because it won't be voted upon until our April 18th. regular Council Meeting. I think it's safe to say that the conversation led me to believe that Council members want our 9 Police dispatchers to be treated fairly and that their financial security is important. We heard a presentation from our Police Chief recommending transferring our Police dispatch to the County Sheriff's Office as 10 other Lake County cities already do. You may know that for the past 15 or so years, Mount Dora's EMS and Fire Department dispatch has been handled by Lake County. When asked, our acting fire chief said clearly that he thinks Lake County has done an excellent job.
In my estimation, we need to make sure that our residents and our police officers don't experience any downsides while also making a decision that will allow us to operate our police dispatch as efficiently as possible. I'll keep you posted on this important decision.
I've got a quote for you from comedian and author, Paula Poundstone. "It's funny that we think of libraries as quiet, demure places where we are shushed by dusty, bun-balancing, bespectacled women. The truth is that libraries are raucous club- houses for free speech, controversy and community. Librarians have stood up to the Patriot Act, sat down with noisy toddlers and reached out to illiterate adults. Libraries can never he shushed."
I certainly appreciated the animated discussion this evening and I'm always encouraged when I hear people respectfully debate what they think is in the best interest of our community. Thanks for allowing me to represent District 4 and serve as your Vice Mayor.
By Marc Crail Mount Dora Vice Mayor and District 4 representative