Is Lake County Commissioner Mike Repay taking Lake County down a dangerous path with the suggestion of putting the backup E911 control center in an nongovernmental controlled building?
The Northwest Indiana Information Sharing and Security Alliance is a nongovernmental organization that has no known governmental authority to run disaster operations within Lake County.
A report done by DLZ, an architectural, engineering and construction firm, must be reviewed by experts in communications and physical security to see if any of these locations meet the suggested requirements of the Department of Homeland Security for a communication center or critical infrastructure under FEMA guidelines. Federal grant money maybe attainable if it meets these federal guidelines.
I understand by past reporting by The Times that NISSA wanted to build a 100,000 square-foot training center at Gary/Chicago International Airport. Are they looking for renters to help pay for their dream training center?
If the Lake County Commissioners want to invest taxpayers' money into a backup E-911 center, I suggest they build a structure that would hold a new Lake County Department of Homeland Security/Emergency Management offices on the first floor, with an emergency operation center and then a backup E-911 center on the second floor.
If we are going to spend millions of dollars, let take our time and see if we can save our local taxpayers some money by finding matching federal grants to help pay for this needed operations/communication center.
Thomas Ostrowski, Crown Point