Source: Lake Geneva Regional News

Villages look at sharing services

by Jade Bolack

June 13, 2013

WALWORTH — The Walworth Village Board didn’t readily welcome ideas of mutual aid with Fontana.

Earlier this year, Fontana village trustees requested emergency service personnel solicit additional options for response services within the village.

Part of that was meeting with emergency service teams in Walworth.

“This idea came from Fontana,” Police Chief Chris Severt said. “They’re looking to get Linn, Williams Bay, Walworth and Fontana to 24/7 coverage. Williams Bay and Linn were not interested. We’ll see what happens. The 24/7 idea went away quickly.”

Walworth Village President David Rasmussen said the municipalities should use “baby steps” to get coverage.

“It’s funny when they don’t have anything (full-time response), they want to create something huge,” he said. “They can never quite get the baby steps like hiring one person during the day.”

Rasmussen said that to benefit all communities, the villages should create overlapping coverage times.

“It’d be really great if we had someone who was on 6 a.m. until 2 p.m. and the other municipality had someone start at noon and go until 8 p.m.,” he said. “And we need to work with the town of Walworth, too.”

Trustee electronic devices

The village is checking prices and usability of portable tablets for trustee use.

Trustee Dennis Vanderbloemen said prices for similar tablets range from $80 to $600.

“I went to Best Buy and Office Depot,” he said. “All of the devices seemed to be comparable. They both referred me to their business section to get business prices. They all assume that they’ll have a better price buying in bulk.”

Vanderbloemen will bring more information to future board meetings.