Cedar Lake signs on with S'ville, St. John

2014-06-17T21:45:00Z 2014-06-17T23:20:04Z Cedar Lake signs on with S'ville, St. JohnMary Wilds Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
June 17, 2014 9:45 pm  • 

CEDAR LAKE | The Town Council has approved an interlocal agreement that will combine its emergency dispatch functions with two of its nearest neighbors.

The council approved an E911 consolidation with Schererville and St. John on Tuesday. The approval followed an executive session and last-minute discussion between council members.

The interlocal provides consolidation per state statute and does not violate said law, Town Attorney David Austgen said. “This is a valid and legal agreement under Indiana law.”

It will be a separate Public Safety Answering Point from Lake County’s, which other communities have signed onto.

Town Councilman Robert Carnahan still had questions, however.

“(The law) does not say ‘Aw, shucks, Lake County, you can do what you want," Carnahan said.

“It amazes me that you (listen to) lifelong politicians and hang on their every word,” Councilman Greg Parker told Carnahan.

Council President Randy Niemeyer said his research assures him that a separate PSAP is permissible under Indiana law. Joining in with Schererville and St. John is the town’s way of performing due diligence on behalf of its citizens, he said.

Porter County already has three PSAPS, Councilman Greg Wornhoff pointed out. There are several PSAPs within Marion County itself.

“Upon further review we have discovered that consolidating into a single PSAP may not be in the best interest of our citizens,” Niemeyer said in a prepared statement. “We have been told to take our medicine and like it. We have not followed the status quo for good reason.”

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