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Dispatch, final Farmton vote on county agenda


April 6, 2011

The Volusia County Council will talk about consolidated dispatch again at Thursday's meeting, while issuing a final vote on a long-term plan for the Farmton property.

Dispatch update: County Manager Jim Dinneen will update the council on the process of consolidating 9-1-1 services countywide. Dinneen asked the council for permission to study the issue further Feb. 17; the council granted that and then some with a surprising vote to create one dispatch service for Volusia County, paid for out of the general fund. The vote could be the first step toward consolidated emergency services countywide.

The Feb. 17 vote effectively made city 9-1-1 dispatchers (Deltona and Ponce Inlet have their own, while Edgewater, New Smyrna Beach and Port Orange use a regional dispatch system) redundant. The Deltona City Commission voted last week to allow the county to take over the city's dispatch services Oct. 1, and other cities have expressed interest in hearing more about the county's plan.

Farmton vote: The council will vote on a second hearing of an agreement that settles the county's differences with the Florida Department of Community Affairs over the Miami Corp's 47,000 acres in southern Volusia. The plan, which the council approved by a 5-1 vote March 17, will allow eventual construction of 23,000 homes and more than 4 million square feet of commercial space. The company's Farmton plan, which also covers 12,000 acres in Brevard County, will also put more than 40,000 acres of land into permanent conservation.