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County Board Tables Resolution to Dissolve 911 Board

Wed, 15 Jan 2020 08:54:42 CST

The future of Montgomery County's Emergency Telephone System/911 Board was put on hold Tuesday, Jan. 14, after the County Board voted to table a resolution that would have dissolved it.

During a recent meeting of the board's Finance Committee, Emergency Management Committee Chair Bill Bergen presented a revised budget for Fiscal Year 2020 with six different options for ETSB expenses that would keep 911 communications in Montgomery County. The board previously voted to consolidate 911 services with Christian and Shelby Counties. However, they learned that, in order for that to happen, they would have to dissolve their county's 911 board.

Finance Committee Chair Megan Beeler told the board that she did not see how they could proceed with a vote to dissolve the board until after the ETSB hears the new budget proposals. She also said they are waiting for the 911 board to return with their "absolute best (budget) offer" that would allow services to remain in the County.

The ETSB will meet next in the PBC Room of the new courthouse in Hillsboro on Thursday, Jan. 16, at 7 p.m. The meeting is open to the public. After that, Beeler said the 911 board needs to bring a counterproposal back to the finance committee for the ETSB to stay. The motion to table the resolution until the next full board meeting passed, 20-0, with Richard Wendel absent from the meeting.

The next Montgomery County Board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 5:30 p.m.


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