Independent study being offered in 911 consolidation talks

(UPDATED STORY from version that was printed in the March 13th issue)


Separate city commissions  in Montgomery County on Tuesday addressed plans by the Montgomery County Commission to pursue consolidation of 911 dispatching services in the county.

And, each commission sent different messages as to how those plans should continue.

At a meeting of the Independence City Commission, commissioners recommended a pause in the consolidation plans so that an independent study could be created on the costs of consolidation and whether the existing 911 systems in Montgomery County are effective and efficient. Police chief Harry Smith said that he has mentioned a desire at previous 911 consolidation meetings to have an independent study but that he had been met “by a brick wall” each time it was suggested.

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