JEFFERSONVILLE — The Clark County Commissioners tabled a month-to-month agreement with AT&T for 911 services at their regular meeting Thursday, citing lack of financial support from the county’s municipalities.
Clark County 911 Administrator Brad Meixell presented the agreement to the commissioners, which would cost the county $16,500 per month. The county’s first agreement with AT&T, which included the up-front equipment and networking required for the system, cost $25,000 per month.
But Commissioners John Perkins and Rick Stephenson both signaled that they didn’t want to move forward with the agreement without the county’s cities and towns footing some of the bill.
“The problem is, if you figure that the unincorporated part of Clark County is, give or take, 20 percent [of the county’s population,] then the other 80 percent needs to be paid by the municipalities in the incorporated areas,” Perkins said.
Stephenson agreed with Perkins by saying that he couldn’t support signing an agreement where the municipalities aren’t paying their fair share.
Before allowing the motion to table the agreement to go to a vote, Commissioners’ President Jack Coffman asked Meixell if the agreement was delayed.
“I don’t expect AT&T to just cut us off,” Meixell responded.
“Jeffersonville and Clarksville were on board with us for a while,” said County Councilman Kevin Vissing. “I hope they still are.”
“I think the municipalities want to be on board, but they also want to have a say in the monies,” Coffman said after the meeting. “They don’t just want to contribute to the 911 system from their LOIT funds, or whatever funds they decide to use, and not have any input on the way the 911 system operates. That’s understandable.”
The commissioners will revisit the issue at their next meeting on Jan. 31.
ANIMAL SHELTER AGREEMENT CLOSE?