COLUMBUS - The Cherokee County Commission voted to begin charging the City of Columbus for dispatching services and directed Sheriff David Groves to look into how much the county should charge the city of Columbus.

Galena and Baxter Springs both provide their own dispatch services.

According to Commissioner Pat Collins, the county has provided free dispatch services to Columbus for at least 40 years.

Commissioner Richard Hilderbrand made the motion during Monday's meeting.

The move comes after last week's city council meeting in which the council voted to start charging the county for water.

In seconding the motion, Collins said he "thought our relationship (with the city) was pretty good. We spent $32,000 helping them with curb cuts."

He said he "didn't want to be part of making a bigger mess," but that he would "like to have further information what they're doing and why."

He asked that the motion not take immediate effect to give the city and county some time to come to some sort of accommodation.

Commission Chairman Jack Garner noted the city was also preparing to start sending bills to the Lions Club concession stand, the American Legion Fair Grounds, the Girl Scout House, ball fields and 4-H building.

"The Lions put a lot of effort into the city," said Garner, whose district includes Columbus. "It's kind of a slap in the face to the Girl Scouts.

"If they want to charge us for water, we'll pay our bills, but hopefully we can get this worked out."

Garner said if it came to it the Girl Scouts, Lions, fairgrounds and ball fields would "not have to worry about their water bill."

In other business the commission received budget requests from county department heads.