City Council Considers 911 Feasibility Study

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Published on August 8 2012 4:14 pm
Last Updated on July 14 2013 12:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

THE EFFINGHAM CITY COUNCIL TUESDAY AGREED INFORMALLY TO MOVE AHEAD WITH A STUDY ON WHETHER EFFINGHAM COUNTY 911 SHOULD MAINTAIN TWO SEPARATE DISPATCHING POINTS, OR SWITCH TO JUST ONE DISPATCHING POINT.

COUNTY BOARD MEMBERS JEFF SIMPSON AND JIM NIEMANN SERVE ON AN AD-HOC COMMITTEE STUDYING THE ISSUE. SIMPSON AND NIEMANN ALONG WITH AT-LARGE COMMITTEE MEMBER ADAM DONSBACH RECOMMENDED MOVING AHEAD WITH A FEASIBILITY STUDY ON WHETHER 911 SHOULD HAVE ONE OR TWO DISPATCHING POINTS AND TO PAY A FIRM KNOWN AS R-C-C A QUOTED PRICE OF $40,200 TO COMPLETE THE STUDY. THE RECOMMENDATION, ENDORSED BY THE COUNCIL LAST NIGHT, WAS TO SPLIT THE COST OF THE STUDY THREE WAYS BETWEEN THE CITY, THE COUNTY AND 911.

MEMBERS OF THE AD-HOC COMMITTEE PLAN TO TALK WITH THE 911 BOARD AND THE COUNTY BOARD LATER THIS MONTH ON THE ISSUE.

THE COUNCIL ALSO AGREED TO RENEW THE DOWNTOWN BUSINESS AREA REDEVELOPMENT PROGRAM, BUT TO EXTEND THE PROGRAM TO THE SOUTHTOWN AREA OF EFFINGHAM. THE COUNCIL ALSO AGREED TO CHANGES ALLOWING WORK ON THE BACKS OF BUILDINGS THAT ARE IN THE PUBLIC'S VIEW AS WELL AS THE BUILDING FRONTS. THE PROGRAM WAS EXTENDED UNTIL THE END OF THE CURRENT CITY COUNCIL TERM.

COUNCIL MEMBERS AGREED TO A CONTRACT WITH GOOD ENERGY FOR CONSULTING WORK ON AN EFFORT TO BAND TOGETHER TO BUY ELECTRICAL POWER FOR LESS MONEY BECAUSE OF THE VOLUME THE GROUP WOULD HAVE, RATHER THAN INDIVIDUALS OR INDIVIDUAL GOVERNMENT BODIES.

ALSO TUESDAY, THE COUNCIL APPROVED A JOINT AGREEMENT WITH IDOT ON USING FUNDS TO COMPLETE THE MULTI-USE PATH ALONG ROUTE 40 FROM OUTER BELT WEST TO SCHWERMAN STREET, BUT REJECTED AS TOO HIGH BIDS ON REPLACING THE LITTLE WABASH RIVER CHANNEL DAM.

COUNCIL MEMBERS DISCUSSED REPLACING THE CITY HALL ROOF AND REPLACING THE CEILING IN THE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND ACCEPTED A BID TO BUY ABOUT 1,000 AUTOMATIC WATER METER READERS FOR USE IN THE CITY.  THE COUNCIL AGREED TO SELL OFF SURPLUS CITY PROPERTY AND VEHICLES; APPROVED PRELIMINARY ENGINEERING SERVICES ON THE FURTHER EXTENSION OF BLOHM AVENUE INTO WOODLAND HEIGHTS SUBDIVISION; AND APPROVED A DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT WITH THE NUXOLL FAMILY ON THE RELOCATION OF NUXOLL'S FOOD CENTER FROM THEIR LONGTIME LOCATION BY SOUTH SIDE SCHOOL TO THE FORMER FEDDERS PARKING LOT ALONG SOUTH BANKER.