Madison mayor concerned about dispatch center, pedal pubs

Soglin: City considering starting own 911, dispatch center

Published On: Jan 27 2014 06:36:45 PM CST
MADISON, Wis. -

Madison’s mayor voiced serious concerns about the Dane County Dispatch Center Monday.

Mayor Paul Soglin said dispatch is taking too long to quickly and safely send out police and fire crews.

“With our goal to hit the vast majority of Madisonians with a five-minute response time, that is completely undermined when it takes three minutes for our people to get the call,” Soglin said.

He blames changes in technology and protocol for how call information is taken and for increasing dispatch times from one minute to three minutes.

Soglin said the city is considering starting its own 911 and dispatch center because there are too many mistakes with calls being dispatched right now.

Soglin also said Monday he is concerned with plans for pedal pubs in Madison. He said biking and drinking excessively are not compatible.

A bill that was approved last year would allow customers on a multi-person bike to travel to different bars and restaurants while a sober driver steers.

The legislation gave cities the option to not license pedal pubs, something Soglin will suggest at this week’s city council meeting.