Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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May 18, 2014

911 efficiency study results to be revealed this week

EFFINGHAM — After months of anticipation, the Effingham County Emer­gency Telephone System (911) Board may finally receive an answer this week to the consoli­dation question that has dogged the system since it was estab­lished in the 1990s.

Intertech representative Lisa Weinthal is scheduled to present her findings to the board at a special meet­ing set for 9 a.m. Wednesday at Effingham City Hall. Weinthal has been working on the study for nearly a year. The board agreed last April to pay Intertech $72,000 for the study.

Board Chairman Nick Althoff said last week he expects Weinthal to present her opinion on whether the existing two dispatch centers should be con­solidated.

“This will give us the answers to what every­body has been asking — do we consolidate or do we stay the same?” Althoff said. “If it is sug­gested we consolidate, we have to figure out where the money is com­ing from.”

The system has been operating dispatch cen­ters at both the Effing­ham County Sheriff’s De­partment and Effingham Police Department since its founding. Consolida­tion proponents have said too many services are duplicated with the dual centers, while oth­ers say the system runs just fine as it is — and that the consolidation cost, estimated to be at least $1 million, will not be covered by any long­term savings that result from consolidation.

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