- Associated Press - Thursday, March 27, 2014

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - The recent population boom that has made Williston the fastest-growing micropolitan area in the nation has also left the city’s emergency services struggling to keep up.

The Williston Herald (https://bit.ly/1rH3Trj ) reports that there have been 9,440 calls to 911 in the first three months of 2014, up from fewer than 5,000 calls to emergency services in all of 2008.

Mike Hallesy is the 911 coordinator in Williams County. He says the emergency dispatch office is understaffed and in need of upgraded technology.

The office is now asking for the monthly 911 fee on residents’ phone bills to be raised by 50 cents to $1.50. Hallesy says the increase would alleviate staffing and technology concerns.

Residents will vote on the proposed hike in July. County commissioners have already approved it.

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Information from: Williston Herald, https://www.willistonherald.com


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