Let us once more make this clear to officials throughout Lake County: E911 consolidation must happen, and it must happen before the Dec. 31, 2014, deadline.
As chairman of the Lake County Public Safety Communications Commission, it is my responsibility to set the record straight.
See IC 36-8-16.7-47 for Indiana's law on 911 consolidation.
Lake County's E-911 consolidation effort needs to stay on track, not be distracted and delayed by the various sideshows along the way.
St. John officials are complaining about their share of funding the consolidated E-911 operations. Just what we need -- yet another obstacle in the path of this project.
The chief responsibility of any county council is to manage the fiscal affairs of county government. It cannot be a council’s second or third priority; it must be our top priority.
When the Indiana General Assembly a few years ago said all counties had to consolidate emergency police and fire communications systems into a single unit, it didn’t say maybe.
INDIANAPOLIS | If Lake County leaders want a local income tax rate higher than the 1 percent maximum under consideration by the Indiana General Assembly, they should enact one.
One of the guys at the heart of the East Chicago sidewalks-for-votes scandal wants to get into Lake County government.
Police and fire officials in Lake County have accepted an offer they couldn't refuse -- free space at the Lake County Government Center in Crown Point to house the consolidated E911 dispatch service. It's a smart move.
Whether you love Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels or hate him, it's hard to make a case for him being unaware of Northwest Indiana issues.
MERRILLVILLE | Gov. Mitch Daniels declared Thursday he is optimistic about Northwest Indiana's economic future, provided area communities can work together as one region and more fully engage with the rest of Indiana.
Lake County officials are planning to examine a cheaper E-911 consolidation plan, one with a single call center. Time is short, but wisdom must prevail over expediency.
CEDAR LAKE | The Town Council accepted Metropolitan Police Commissioner Charles Kouder Sr.’s resignation during a special public meeting Tuesday night.
INDIANAPOLIS | State Sen. Brandt Hershman, R-Wheatfield, was honored Thursday for his work restructuring funding for 911 emergency telephone service.
One topic hotter than the weather is the mandated move of all Lake County emergency service agencies to a consolidated 911 emergency dispatching system. Eighty-nine of Indiana's 92 Indiana counties must consolidate their emergency dispatching centers to no more than two by December 2014.
I would like to make my point very clear. I truly support government consolidation if there is a cost savings without reducing essential services. We have been doing this in Crown Point under my administration since 2008, which has resulted in saving millions to our community. We have accomp…
Crown Point officials want to challenge the state's E-911 consolidation mandate on constitutional grounds. However, filing a lawsuit would be a waste of time and effort, because this isn't the unfunded mandate those Crown Point officials say it is.
INDIANAPOLIS | Two Northwest Indiana state senators who spearheaded the effort to reduce 911 expenses by requiring counties to consolidate their emergency telephone answering centers believe Lake County needs to get with the program.
To err is human, and that’s what I’ve done. Lake County's attorney, John Dull, pointed out in an email to me Monday that I was wrong in suggesting he is “passing the buck” by his seeking to have communities throughout the county sign an interlocal agreement facilitating consolidation of 911 …
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