Lowell Town Council approves E-911 agreement

2014-01-13T21:10:00Z 2014-02-07T12:32:10Z Lowell Town Council approves E-911 agreementMelanie Csepiga Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
January 13, 2014 9:10 pm  • 

LOWELL | With changes made in the E-911 agreement with Lake County, the Town Council on Monday approved the document that lays out the terms for a consolidated, emergency communications system.

Attorney Nichole Bennett, who drew up the agreement for the countywide committee, answered the few questions posed by the council. She said dispatchers' fears should be allayed by the agreement, which states hiring and firing will be handled by a E-911 human resources committee comprised of police and fire chiefs and other emergency administrators.

Council President Edgar Corns, R-5th, said it was a subject long debated and he was ready to put it to rest. He said all questions were answered to his satisfaction.

Council Vice President Craig Earley, D-1st, said the council could have approved the document two weeks ago when it was first put before them.

Councilman Phillip Kuiper, D-4th, who requested the two weeks vote delay, was absent.

Lake County is state-mandated to merge its 17 existing municipal and county police and fire E-911 systems into a single, countywide network.

Earlier, Lowell joined St. John leaders in proposing a separate system covering southern portions of the county that would cost municipalities less. Those numbers have since been modified by the county and made acceptable to Lowell and other communities.

Melanie Csepiga,  Times Correspondent

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