Lowell council wants to meet with E-911 officials

2013-11-25T22:15:00Z 2013-11-25T23:12:16Z Lowell council wants to meet with E-911 officialsMelanie Csepiga Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
November 25, 2013 10:15 pm  • 

LOWELL | The Town Council wants to meet as soon as possible with officials behind the latest E-911 agreement to wrap up questions yet unanswered.

"I wanted to keep the public service money (portion of the new county option tax), and they gave us that," Council Vice President Craig Earley, D-1st, said Monday of the latest agreement. He said, though, "We need to sit down as soon as possible."

Councilman Robert Philpot, R-2nd, said it is his understanding with the new agreement there would be only one Public Safety Answering Point rather than two. He said having only one leaves towns dead in the water should the sole PSAP go down.

Councilman Phillip Kuiper, D-4th, agreed. "I would be very cautious going with just one PSAP ... It's a good time to ... ask our own questions."

Last month, Lowell joined the St. John-led rebellion that would create a separate E-911 network to keep costs at a manageable level.

Town Attorney David Westland will arrange Lowell's meeting with E-911 officials. "They're clearly amenable. If you want it, you're going to get it," he said of a face-to-face session.

In another matter, the council named Earley as the town's representative to the Northern Indiana Regional Planning Commission after removing Councilman Donald Parker, D-3rd, from the slot and filling it with Council President Edgar Corns, R-5th.

Corns said Monday he had forgotten he had scheduled foot surgery for the "important date" when NIRPC will vote to include or not include the Illiana Expressway in its plan.

Parker was removed after he said he would abstain on the vote since he is not opposed to the Illiana. He is the only Lowell councilman not opposed to the roadway.

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