Lowell puts E-911 vote on hold

2013-12-30T21:30:00Z 2013-12-30T22:31:05Z Lowell puts E-911 vote on holdMelanie Csepiga Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
December 30, 2013 9:30 pm  • 

LOWELL | The Town Council will wait two weeks before making a decision on the E-911 dispatching consolidation agreement.

The council unanimously agreed Monday to wait until Jan. 13 to make a determination on the Lake County interlocal agreement.

While many questions were answered earlier this month when attorney Nicole Bennett, who drew up the document, and E-911 Director Brian Hitchcock met with the Lowell Town Council, uncertainties about the interpretation of some passages remained Monday.

Council Vice President Craig Earley, D-1st, wanted to know who would pay for the town's dispatchers if Lake County is not ready by the state-imposed deadline.

Councilman Phillip Kuiper, D-4th, echoed that. He asked attorney Jack Kramer, sitting in for Town Attorney David Westland, "Are we covered as a municipality on this?"

Kramer said he was not familiar enough with the document.

"I can tell you I was told this is the final agreement," Kramer said.

Kuiper said he understood Westland to say that particular issue is not covered in the interlocal agreement, so the council agreed to delay its decision.

Kramer suggested his partner, Bennett, attend the Jan. 13 meeting to answer any remaining questions.

Approvals from Lake County communities have been trickling in. Crown Point, Munster, Merrillville, unincorporated Lake County and New Chicago have officially signed on.

The interlocal agreement has been approved by Hobart and East Chicago, but is awaiting a final vote and signatures. Mayors in Hammond, Whiting and Lake Station have supported the document but await their respective councils' decisions.

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