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Revised 911 services deal to be delivered to Lake County towns

Hammond Police Chief Brian Miller (right) listens as John Bushemi attorney for Lake County Sheriff's Department (left) speaksduring meeting 911

Hammond Police Chief Brian Miller (right) listens as John Bushemi, attorney for the Lake County Sheriff's Department, (left) speaksduring a meeting on 911 consolidation at the St. John Public Safety Facility in St. John, Ind. Thursday June 28, 2012. | Stephanie Dowell~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: March 1, 2013 7:16AM



A revised interlocal agreement outlining terms of the consolidation of emergency 911 services will soon be delivered to the 16 cities and towns in Lake County.

The Lake County Public Safety Communications Commission has authorized its attorney John Bushemi to incorporate the input generated from a forum of city and town officials and attorneys into a version that will be circulated to the communities for final approval.

“The sooner the interlocal is in place, the more confidence in the work of this group there will be among the public,” Bushemi said.

For the most part, community officials told the panel the current version of the interlocal agreement is acceptable. Bushemi said he will incorporate some requested revisions.

Key among those revisions are the terms for a community to withdraw from the consolidated 911 service. Member communities, he said, do not want to allow an individual unit to pull out at will, so he will incorporate a stiff requirement.

“There must be unanimous consent among all the members,” Bushemi said, explaining the terms of withdrawal.

Tom Dabertin, a consultant to the panel, said the revised interlocal agreement will be hand-delivered to each municipality. Officials will have about two months to review and approve the document and get it back to the Public Safety Communications Commission.

Bushemi said it is important to the panel the interlocal agreement moves forward. State law requires that the agreement be in place prior to Jan. 1, 2015.

“If at least two units of government fail to comply with that state law, Lake County loses all of its state 911 fees, which would cripple public safety communications for all county residents including residents in those noncomplying communities,” he said.

New Chicago has already consolidated into the county’s 911 system and Lowell is expected to consolidate in early March.



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