VALPARAISO | The Porter County Council has been presented with another request for a significant amount of the interest generated on the proceeds from the 2007 sale of the county hospital.
County Director of Communications John Jokantas is seeking $1.1 million to upgrade the software and hardware used by his E911 dispatchers.
The proposed improvements will not only expand capacity and service, but they also could reduce insurance costs for county homeowners, he said.
Jokantas is asking for $907,000 to upgrade the radio console hardware and software.
The improvement would make room for more channels and expand the capacity for frequencies, he said.
"We're just out of space in the system," Jokantas said.
The council is scheduled to take up the request Tuesday night, along with a $206,490 bid from Jokantas for software that would guide dispatchers through police and fire calls.
Rather than requiring dispatchers to continue memorizing appropriate questions for these types of calls, the proposed software would provide guidance on the computer screen for emergencies such as delivering a baby and providing cardiopulmonary resuscitation, he said.
"We're trying to standardize the questions of the people who call in," Jokantas said.
The expanded service is expected to improve the rating used to establish insurance rates for local homeowners, he said.
The overall request by Jokantas comes on the heels of a $1.5 million bid from the hospital interest money for a new building at Sunset Hill Farm County Park in Liberty Township.
The council has yet to act on that request.
The county has $159 million in principal and $11.6 million in interest from the sale of the county hospital.