Today at 9 a.m. Golden Valley's 911 dispatch provider switched over from St. Louis Park to the City of Edina. The duration of the day was spent testing calls and working out any technical kinks.
In an interview with the city, Police Chief Stacy Altonen was confident the technical requirements involved with the switch would be "seamless" and residents would not be able to notice any differences.
According to the City of Golden Valley, this new change is the result of a vote made by the City Council on Sept. 7 in an effort to reduce costs. Figures show that services through the city of Edina will save Golden Valley up to $100,000 next year and up to $150,000 for following years.
As a result of this change, the city will also be paying Edina $25,000 for a one-time administrative fee. The annual fee going forward, as reported by the City of Golden Valley's website, will be $178,140. The city says that amount is significantly lower than in previous years.