WILLIAM NANGLE: E911 rebellion smacks of elitism, racism

2013-10-20T00:00:00Z WILLIAM NANGLE: E911 rebellion smacks of elitism, racismBy William Nangle nwitimes.com
October 20, 2013 12:00 am  • 

When is enough, enough?

When silliness prevails and logic takes a back seat.

That best describes the move to a central 911 service in Lake County.

The Indiana General Assembly mandated consolidation of 911 service in each of the state’s 92 counties. It set a December 2014 deadline.

Guess which Indiana county is lagging ?

It’s the same county that for years was a holdout to the option income tax.

Lake County’s response to the 911 mandate is proving the county’s reputation downstate as the wild child of government. Again, it is internal strife that prevents a mandated consolidation from taking place here.

Some argue Lake County is unique and that two 911 call centers are needed.

Well, that is pure imagination. Look to Marion (Indianapolis) or Allen (Fort Wayne) counties where they operate 911 service from a single call center.

The move to have suburban and urban call centers in Lake County is just added proof of the unproductive north-south split in the county.

It is wrong. It smacks of elitism and racism.

And if I read the law correctly, setting up two call centers would be contrary to the legislature’s intent.

What makes St. John, Schererville and Lowell so different than urban communities? Is it they think they are special and should be treated differently than the rest of Lake County?

Again, this is an elitist and selfish position.

What is needed now is for the Lake County commissioners to kick this project into high gear. That means soundly rejecting the two call center proposal. It means adopting the state-vetted vendor for equipment. It means settling on a site for the single call center and getting it ready for use.

The time for debate is over. It is time everyone — even those communities still raising a fuss — complied with the state law and got a call center up and running.

No more excuses. No more arguing. Just get the job done.

William Nangle is executive editor of The Times. He can be reached at The Times, 601 45th St., Munster, IN 46321 or at bill.nangle@nwi.com.

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