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September 6, 2013

Joint city and county 911 Authority possible

MILLEDGEVILLE — The City of Milledgeville and Baldwin County are working on options for consolidated E-911 operations. Tuesday's Baldwin County Commissioners meeting provided an update. 

County Attorney David McRee said there is a proposal in principle forming a 911 Authority cooperative. Commissioner Sammy Hall, District 3, said the county is ready to go with a 911 Authority idea.

“We are waiting on a memorandum of understanding or an agreement from the city. We've met and everybody has agreed that we were going to consolidate the 911 system,” Hall said.

The state looks favorably toward regional 911 systems, according to County Manager Ralph McMullen. There are ways to subsidize monies if additional counties lacking enhanced equipment to dispatch 911 came into the authority as well.

“We could actually look at bringing in surrounding counties. That would help us pay the cost of this 911 system,” McMullen said.

Hall is confident the 911 co-op will happen.

“I don't know why it's taken so long to get the proposal done, but this is one thing so far that everybody has agreed to,” the District 3 commissioner said Tuesday. “We are waiting on the city to take that next step.”

Milledgeville Police Chief Dray Swicord said the 911 topic sits in discussion phase.

“We've given them proposals to indicate several options we could discuss to see if we were in agreement. An authority is one of the options as far as having a board setup to actually oversee how money is spent,” Swicord said. “It's really up in the air right now. I think the meetings are going well trying to come up with some understanding of how we can resolve this issue as far as either being under one umbrella operating separately or totally going up under one umbrella.”

Consolidating services does more with less. Employee salaries and benefits all factor into future emergency service decisions. 

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