County council first to approve 911 agreement with city

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The Ohio County Council became the first governmental unit to approve an inter-local agreement to help solve a funding problem with Ohio County 911 at its meeting Monday, February 27th.

County council attorney Lane Siekman said it is the end of a two year process which has been ironed out between Siekman, county commissioner attorney John Stroup and city attorney Andy Baudendistel.

The money from 911 fees doesn’t cover the expenses. They are $80,000 short, according to Siekman. The agreement calls for the cost to be split between the city and county. It is a three year agreement with the city paying $42,000 the first year and $40,000 the other two years.

Siekman said it’s the first formal agreement in regards to the 911 center.

Councilman Dill Dorrell noted it took a lot of time and roadblocks but is a good agreement.

Council president Tammy Elbright called it a step in the right direction.

City council will address the agreement tonight (Thursday) with county commissioners to review in on Monday, March 6th.

In other business, an update from Debbie Thomason and the Education Center of Rising Sun after its eighth year.

Council approved $5625 to Lifetime Resources for Catch-A-Ride and senior meal site.

They tabled putting any funds into the Ohio County Community Foundation endowment fund. The OCCF board will match donations up to $1000 while the Lilly Endowment offers dollar for dollar.

Also approved was a 2016 encumbrance of $183.99 for a new battery and installation