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Lots of questions posed at Dane County 911 center

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There were lots of questions and very few answers at a public meeting last night on Madison's 911 Center.

About 80 people wanted to know if the equipment and staffing levels are adequate, in the wake of the botched call from University of Wisconsin student Brittany Zimmermann just before she was murdered.

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That call never got to police on April 2. Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk said another error forced investigators to chase a false lead for two weeks.

They're still looking for Zimmermann's killer. The County Board's Executive Committee will meet June 4 to consider an outside study of the 911 center.

Roger Finch of the Deputy Sheriff's Association said any money for a study should be used instead to fix the immediate needs.

In 2004, a consultant warned of a catastrophic event if the center did not address a staff shortage immediately.

County officials framed it as a five-year plan. Those at the meeting said Falk had more explaining to do.

Falk did not attend, because she attended a memorial service Monday night for UW med-flight crash victim Mark Coyne.

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