Council gets update on 911 issues, takes up 2 con

Vote on pit bull ordinance may be moved to next month
Council gets update on 911 issues, takes up 2 con

Before the Madison City Council meeting started Tuesday night, they got an update on the controversial 911 issues in Madison and Dane County.

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin has taken issue with new technology installed at the Dane County Dispatch Center, claiming it delays police and fire crews.

Madison police presented an update to the mayor and council members.

“We feel in order for development, for improvement to occur, there needs to be acknowledgement from Dane County that, No. 1, users have experienced significant concerns with some of the systems currently being used in the center,” Lt. Carl Strasburg said.

MPD added there has been no improvement by Dane County, and asked the county to commit to a plan and work on the 911 center issues.

The public weighed in Tuesday night on an ordinance that would require pit bull owners to spay and neuter their dogs.

Several people testified at the start of the meeting against the proposal, but the ordinance’s author plans to ask the council to delay a vote on the rule until next month.

Another issue on Tuesday night’s agenda was a new version of the so-called Buffer Zone ordinance.

The ordinance is partially designed to keep anti-abortion groups out of the way of patients going to Planned Parenthood clinics. The new rule shortens that zone from a radius of 160 feet to 100 feet, and it refines what a health care facility means.

The council is expected to vote on the ordinance Tuesday night.