SCHERERVILLE | Schererville hasn't yet signed an interlocal agreement regarding the consolidated E-911 service in Lake County, but officials took a step in that direction Wednesday.
The Town Council unanimously approved a joint resolution acknowledging agreements and commitments of Lake County officials pertaining to the interlocal agreement.
Councilman Jerry Tippy said the resolution now moves to three other communities that haven't yet signed the interlocal agreement — St. John, Highland and Cedar Lake — for their consideration.
If the town councils in those communities also accept the resolution, the next step would be to sign the interlocal agreement.
Schererville is unsure of when the other town councils will consider approval of the joint resolution.
Schererville has expressed concerns about issues, including property taxes, and there have been several meetings to obtain information about the E-911 consolidation.
This week, Lake County Council members said start-up costs and annual operational expenses associated with the E-911 service will be supported by the county without levying additional property taxes.
Following the research of the four communities that haven't signed on to the new service, Tippy believes the situation "is as good as it's gonna get."
Council President Mike Troxell said Schererville would have to transfer $370,000 to $382,000 it currently uses to run the town's dispatch service to the county for the consolidated E-911 network.
The town wanted to make sure that would be the only amount it would have to give, he said.
"It was a long process, but we were looking out for Schererville taxpayers," Troxell said.
Lake County has until Dec. 31 to establish consolidated E-911 services. The county could lose millions in state funding if it misses that deadline.