CROWN POINT | At its first meeting of 2013 on Wednesday, the Lake County Board of Commissioners deferred action on contracts for the county’s state-mandated E-911 consolidation until the Lake County Public Safety Communications Commission meets later this month.
Those contracts include $15,000 in legal services provided by John Bushemi and Burke, Costanza & Carberry LLP and an $85,000 consulting contract between JJAM Inc. of Crown Point and the Board of Commissioners on behalf of the public safety commission.
The consulting contract is for continued maintenance of the new 911 system at 18 sites for 2013. That system hasn’t been set up yet.
Commissioner Gerry Scheub, D-Crown Point, said he talked with Hammond Police Chief Brian Miller prior to the commission meeting and was assured the Lake County Safety Communications Commission will meet prior to its scheduled Jan. 31 date.
The Board of Commissioners approved more than 90 contracts and agreements totaling several million dollars for the Lake County Highway Department, Lake County Sheriff, Juvenile Center, Lake County Juvenile Court, Public Defender, Treasurer, Lake County Community Corrections, Assessor, Co-op Extension and Board of Commissioners.
It was the first meeting for Commissioner Michael Repay, D-Hammond, who replaced Fran DuPey.
Lake County met its deadline of Dec. 31 to file its Americans With Disabilities transition plan, the commissioners learned.
Changes to the federal ADA required all government units to take an inventory of their public facilities and submit the report by year’s end.
“We wouldn’t have been able to get our highway funds if we hadn’t met that deadline,” Scheub said.
In other action, the three-member Board of Commissioners elected Roosevelt Allen, D-Gary, as president and Repay as vice president.
The board also reappointed the same people to 96 Lake County boards and commissions.