2013 ORS § 403.160¹
Mediation of disputes
  • arbitration
  • costs and fees

(1) All disputes between a governing body, 9-1-1 jurisdiction and public or private safety agency regarding a 9-1-1 system must be mediated if the dispute cannot be resolved in accordance with a written agreement. When a governing body or 9-1-1 jurisdiction obtains knowledge that a dispute exists and cannot be resolved by the agencies, it shall notify the Office of Emergency Management of the dispute in writing. Within 30 days of this notification, the disputing agencies shall mutually select a mediator and notify the office in writing of this selection. If a mediator is not mutually selected by the agencies within this period, the Director of the Office of Emergency Management shall select a mediator from the list of mediators established under subsection (3) of this section. Once selected, the mediator shall establish a schedule for the mediation process. The disputing agencies shall resolve the dispute within 60 days from the date the mediator is agreed upon or selected unless the agencies mutually agree in writing to an extension of this deadline. A copy of all extensions must be submitted to the office.

(2) When the mediation process in subsection (1) of this section ends, the mediator shall notify the office in writing of the outcome of the mediation. If the agencies are not able to resolve their dispute through mediation, the 9-1-1 jurisdiction or governing body and public or private safety agency or agencies shall submit the dispute to arbitration. The agencies shall select an arbitrator within 30 days from the end of the mediation. If the disputing agencies are unable to mutually select an arbitrator within this period, the director shall request the presiding judge for the judicial district in which the 9-1-1 system is located to select an arbitrator. The arbitrator shall hear and decide the dispute within 30 days from selection unless the agencies mutually agree in writing to an extension of this deadline. A party to an arbitration under this subsection may seek confirmation, vacation, modification or correction of the arbitrators decision as provided in ORS 36.700 (Confirmation of award), 36.705 (Vacating award) and 36.710 (Modification or correction of award). A court may vacate a decision only if there is a basis to vacate the decision as described in ORS 36.705 (Vacating award) (1)(a) to (d). The court may modify or correct a decision only for the grounds given in ORS 36.710 (Modification or correction of award).

(3) The office shall establish a roster of mediators qualified to mediate disputes under subsection (1) of this section. This list may be used by the disputing agencies when selecting a mediator.

(4) Unless otherwise agreed upon, the costs of the mediation or arbitration, including the mediators or arbitrators fees, must be divided equally among the disputing agencies. [Formerly 401.785]