Scott and Carver counties consider joining dispatch centers 06 Dec 11

Scott and Carver county emergency dispatchers could soon be sharing 911-call duties under a merger being considered by the two county boards.

Last year, Carver, Sibley, McLeod and Scott counties completed a $125,000 state-funded study of their dispatching services.

Scott County Sheriff Kevin Studnicka told the Shakopee Valley News that Sibley and McLeod were content with their current situation, but Carver and Scott thought consolidation was worth a closer look since the two service centers are only about four miles apart.

Officials say if the two counties combine their dispatch centers, one of the two would have to close.