Griffith council has misgivings about consolidated 911 system

2013-04-20T19:17:00Z 2013-04-20T19:41:05Z Griffith council has misgivings about consolidated 911 systemCharles F. Haber Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
April 20, 2013 7:17 pm  • 

GRIFFITH | The Town Council is concerned about the central 911 system that would replace the individual systems of each town in Lake County.

A major concern involves what the state-mandated new system will cost taxpayers, board members said.

"When someone dials 911 it will go to a centralized location and be dispatched to the appropriate town or city," said Rick Ryfa, R-3rd, council vice president.

Ryfa said various proposals have been given to Lake County communities over the past few years.

"Some of which essentially asked us to sign a blank check for promises," Ryfa noted. "I think we really need to be aware of what the effect will be."

Police Chief Greg Mance said the 2014 deadline is approaching for a new system to be implemented.

"We're keeping up to date" on the situation so the town can properly assess any new proposal's affect on residents, he said.

To that end, the council voted unanimously last week to create a three-seat committee to study the effects on police, fire and emergency medical operations, along with the financial aspects.

Council President Glen Gaby, R-1, named Mance, Ryfa and Councilman Larry Ballah, R-2nd.

Mance said difficult decisions must be made before the deadline arrives.

"There is now legitimate concern that the deadline might not be met or that important decisions will be made in haste and that is extremely worrisome to me."

Ryfa said the consolidation should work if done properly.

"(But) we learned a long time ago that, just because the government tells us we should do something, it does not mean it is the best way to proceed," Ryfa said.

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