SCHERERVILLE | The Schererville Town Council unanimously deferred a vote on the E-911 agreement.
The deferral was the second in two months, following a deferral last month after a presentation by county officials. Council members decided during that meeting they needed more time to study the agreement.
The move would consolidate 17 city and town police and fire dispatch centers into a single, countywide network.
During Wednesday’s meeting, council members decided that some issues were still outstanding and needed to be resolved.
“We need to defer this until we get the proper people back to the table to explain this to us,” Council President Mike Troxell said.
The council also decided to send a written list of questions to the consolidation commission prior to its next meeting in February.
The agreement took its share of criticism prior to the unanimous decision to defer.
“If you brought a business plan like this to a bank, you wouldn’t last five minutes,” Councilman Jerry Tippy said.
For example, the funding source of $800,000 worth of operational costs hasn’t been identified, he said.
“This is a potential tax increase for our residents," he said.
Town Attorney David Austgen identified several areas of concern.
If any town employees are tapped to work at the 911 dispatch center and the center doesn’t open on schedule, those employees would be reporting back to work in Schererville, with potentially different benefit packages and wage compensation, he said.