TRURO – Dispatch services for Colchester County’s fire brigades and the Special Hazard Response Unit will cost the municipality approximately $280,000 over the next three years.
Council on Thursday provided in-principle approval to a new three-year contract with Valley Communications Inc., from Kentville, which has been providing the service to Colchester since October 2004.
Valley Communications is one of four companies in the province that provide dispatch service.
But a staff report to council said it had been determined that Valley is the “major service provider” for fire-related dispatch in Nova Scotia and that the Colchester Firefighters Associations is “generally very satisfied” with the service the company provides.
Given the company’s positive track record, Coun. Mike Cooper said the service “is to important” to try to save money by putting the contract out for tender.
The cost for year one (2014/15) of the new contract is $90,031. That will increase to $92,731 in the second year and to $95,512 in year three, for a total of $278,274. Those prices do not include sales taxes or reimbursement from the Town of Stewiacke.
The current annual cost is $87,409, of which the county received a reimbursement from Stewiacke of $3,548, for a net cost of $83,861.
Council committee’s recommendation is to be ratified at the next meeting on Jan. 30.