Griffith again delays vote on E-911

2014-01-01T20:30:00Z 2014-04-05T23:14:13Z Griffith again delays vote on E-911Charles F. Haber Times Correspondent
January 01, 2014 8:30 pm  • 

GRIFFITH | The Town Council has again delayed a vote on a county proposed E-911 emergency calling system.

A committee, created by the council, has recommended Griffith sign on to the proposal.

But council members say they must be sure the town will be treated fairly in the future.

"We had our legal (team) review, and there are concerns about how the town could exit the agreement if certain promises are not fulfilled," said Councilman Larry Ballah, R-2nd.

"We want to make sure we do what is best for the town before handing over taxpayer dollars in the form of a levy transfer."

The council expects to take action at its next meeting, which is Tuesday, said Rick Ryfa, R-3rd, council vice president.

Under the agreement, Griffith would make a one-time payment of $201,228.

Ballah said the town's lawyers in Indianapolis still have questions before the town approves the system.

"It has been recommended to us by legal that we try to negotiate these points," Ballah said.

In other business, Ryfa said Griffith faces a battle over large fee increases proposed by the Hammond Sanitary District.

The district wants to cancel its existing contracts with Griffith and other towns and raise the rates to help fund a new sewage storage facility that was mandated by the EPA in 1999, board members said.

Griffith Town Attorney Robert Schwerd said the town is waiting for a ruling from a judge on whether Hammond can simply terminate the existing contract or if the issue should go to arbitration.

"The council will aggressively seek all solutions in order to protect our homeowners and businesses from experiencing dramatic fee increases from Hammond," Ryfa said.

He said a ruling could be made by mid-January.

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