Not only is E-911 consolidation a state mandate, but it will be good for Lake County. It will integrate a variety of communication systems into one, allowing all emergency responders to communicate. Remember the blizzard several years ago that brought NWI to a standstill? Police couldn't communicate with each other.
Welcome to our live online chat with Times columnists Marc Chase and Rich James. They’ll be discussing the controversial issue of E-911 consolidation in Lake County, but are open to answering your questions on other issues as well. We will be starting the chat at 7 p.m., but before we begin, here are some links to some of the columns that Marc and Rich have written on the subject.
I agree that E-911 is a good concept in principle. I fully agree with the spirit of the law that created consolidation of the county's 17 dispatches into one facility. But the way the county is going about complying is horrendous. Five years in the making, they've come up with a plan that will cost $4 million more per year than we are paying now. That completely contradicts the spirit of consolidation and good government.
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Largely because the different communication systems aren't all compatible.
Amen, Tracy. That is typical as to what ails Lake County. The NIMBYs don't want any change and thus we don't diversify and grow. Contrary to what some thing, the steel mills aren't hiring like they used to. And that has been the case for more than 30 years. Rich James
Eric, I should have been more clear, sorry. Tying too fast. The commissioners are bidding for the equipment. But they are feeling pressure from the pro-Motorola folks to not bid. They are feeling pressure to just go with Motorola.
Yes, bids for a single center.
Let us not forget one thing about consolidation. The initial cost for equipment is the big ticket. That is the case with any start-up. Rich James
Yes, Marc, the pressure is coming from law enforcement types who want Motorola. Rich James
Hey, does anyone want to talk about Unigov. Worked for Indy. Rich James
Eric, Motorola may very well be the best. But the best may be willing to lower their costs if they have some competition.
To 1 and 1/5 cent poorer. Isn't about time we started caring about each other. Rich Jamews