Sunday, November 23, 2014

City, county finalize 911 agreement

By The Herald Staff | 11/26/2013

The City of Ottawa and the Franklin County Board of Commissioners have struck a revised agreement to fund and operate the joint city-county 911 communications center.

The two commissions have been working for a number of months on finalizing the agreement for the dispatch center, located in the Franklin County Adult Detention Center and Sheriff’s Office building, 305 S. Main St., Ottawa. The original interlocal agreement between the county and the city for the joint emergency communications center was established Feb. 23, 1994, and has not been modified since it was adopted.

The City of Ottawa and the Franklin County Board of Commissioners have struck a revised agreement to fund and operate the joint city-county 911 communications center.

The two commissions have been working for a number of months on finalizing the agreement for the dispatch center, located in the Franklin County Adult Detention Center and Sheriff’s Office building, 305 S. Main St., Ottawa. The original interlocal agreement between the county and the city for the joint emergency communications center was established Feb. 23, 1994, and has not been modified since it was adopted.

The city commission voted 5-0 Monday to approve the new agreement, which would share the personnel costs of the center on a 50-50 basis. The city has allocated $284,739 in its 2014 budget for its contribution. The cost split is consistent with the previous agreement.

One modification to the agreement stipulates the city would be held harmless for any liability claims arising from the operation of the communications center, which is staffed by county employees.

Another modification establishes an advisory committee comprised of the Ottawa police chief, the Franklin County sheriff, Franklin County emergency management director, Franklin County ambulance director and Ottawa fire chief, who would provide advice and consultation about the center’s operation, according to the agreement.

County commissioners voted unanimously to approve the agreement at their Wednesday meeting.

The document’s language calls for the agreement to be valid for one year and automatically will renew in one-year increments if neither party opts to terminate the arrangement. Termination requires either party to give a 90-day notice to the other party, according to the agreement.

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