St. John signs on to joint resolution on E-911

2014-03-27T22:10:00Z 2014-03-27T22:45:27Z St. John signs on to joint resolution on E-911Susan Erler, (219) 662-5336
March 27, 2014 10:10 pm  • 

ST. JOHN | Town officials Thursday unanimously approved a joint resolution pledging conditional support of a Lake County consolidated E-911 network.

The resolution sets out terms officials in St. John, Schererville, Cedar Lake and Highland want acknowledged by county officials as a condition of the four towns' approval of the consolidated network.

Schererville, Cedar Lake and Highland approved the resolution at separate town meetings earlier this month. With all four towns now signed on, the resolution goes next to the Lake County Council.

The County Council voted March 11 to borrow $20 million to launch the consolidated service.

State law requires the current 17 city, town and county police and fire dispatch centers to merge by the end of the year. All but Cedar Lake, Highland, St. John and Schererville have signed on to the new service.

St. John Town Council President Michael Forbes said Thursday the joint resolution doesn't resolve all his concerns, including over how dispatcher staffing will be handled.

"Nobody's really 100 percent comfortable with this, but it's probably the best we can do at the end of the day," Forbes said of the joint resolution.

Forbes said county E-911 Director Brian Hitchcock had done much to win the confidence of the holdout communities.

"If everyone steps back and lets him do his job, this will turn out a lot better, without outside interference," Forbes said. 

No dates has been set for a County Council vote on the interlocal agreement for E-911 consolidation.

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