DYER | The Town Council will take up the E-911 interlocal agreement during a special meeting Dec. 23.
Council members reviewed the agreement’s current language during a study session last week with some help from various officials, including consultant Tom Dabertin, attorney Nicole Bennett and E-911 Executive Director Brian Hitchcock. The Lake County Council approved the agreement on Tuesday, as have 12 of the 18 involved communities. But work cannot go forward in earnest until all communities have signed on, Dabertin said.
Much discussion in Dyer revolved around changes in the latest form of the contract, which will be contained in the agreement to be approved by Dyer and the other remaining communities.
A portion of the town’s tax levy, which would ordinarily have covered 911 services, would instead be transferred to the country beginning Jan. 1, 2015. The transfer of the levy will be permanent, Dabertin said. “This is comparable to when (municipal) health departments were transferred to the county some years ago,” he said.
The council also had plenty of questions about jobs. The new E-911 center will employ 175 dispatchers. Currently, 100 full-time and 40 part-time dispatchers work countywide, Dabertin said. The county will consider applicants who are currently working in dispatch, but it is not possible to know how many will want to move over to the county, he said.
“This is a whole new paradigm for dispatch,” Dabertin said.