Dragging their feet on the county consolidation is not doing the residents of Cedar Lake, St. John and Schererville any favors.
HAMMOND | The Hammond City Council has authorized the Hammond Fire Department to apply for a federal grant to help buy new radios.
It was in the early 1980s that Indiana State University did a study about Lake County merging all towns and cities into a unigov form of government.
The deadline for accomplishing E-911 consolidation in Lake County is just nine months away, yet four communities are still dragging their feet.
HIGHLAND | Efforts to consolidate Lake County's E-911 emergency calling system got a boost Monday when the Highland Town Council joined three other towns in promising its approval — if certain conditions are met.
SCHERERVILLE | Schererville hasn't yet signed an interlocal agreement regarding the consolidated E-911 service in Lake County, but officials took a step in that direction Wednesday.
Lake County's response to the call for E-911 consolidation can't be called sluggish. That would imply more speed than the process has seen so far.
The Lake County Council is poised today to vote on an E-911 consolidation plan that calls for a single call center. The council should approve this plan, and so should the municipalities that haven't done so already.
Region views on 911 consolidation
Loreena Rivera, Lansing | "No. I don't think it would be good. There's too many people, so I don't think they could respond quickly enough."
Micah Menrath, Portage | "It might. Instead of relying on themselves they would be included with others."
Joseph Doman, Chesterton | "I'm not sure about unity, but it could have its benefits. If it saves money and makes the center more effective that would be good. We'll have to wait and see."
Helen Hameetman, Dyer | "I think it's too big of an area for one call center. I do believe it would bring the communities together."
Tiffany Mogan, Cedar Lake | "I think it's more complicated. I think it's OK the way it is now. I don't like the way they scrutinize your calls anyway."
Barbara Mably, Hobart | "No. Lake County is fighting about everything. The politicans couldn't find anything that would bring them together."
Porter County's 2014 budget, approved last week, fails to address a number of chronic issues facing the county.
Times executive editor Bill Nangle, chief propagandist for the One Region organization, can't even make it through half his column in support of the E-911 fiasco without pulling the race card.
This is the proposed interlocal agreement for a single E911 call center for Lake County.
If you were looking for passion Wednesday night, you could have found it at nwi.com.
This is St. John's proposed interlocal agreement for a second E911 call center for Lake County.
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