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City moves 911 issue to fiscal court for review

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City also sets trick-or-treating hours for Halloween

By Josh Claywell

 

The Campbellsville City Council voted to ask the Taylor County Fiscal Court to look into an interlocal agreement with the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government in Monday’s regular scheduled meeting at the Civic Center.

The agreement is an amendment to the Central Kentucky 911 Network, which mutually serves LFUCG and the participants.

Wes Dillon, the city’s 911 Center director, told the council there are about 20 participants in the network, which helps route 911 calls to the right locations across central Kentucky.

But because of language in the agreement specifically mentioning Taylor County and not the city of Campbellsville, Councilman Dave Nunery took issue with the city council voting to approve the measure.

Nunery asked Dillon what Lexington’s role in the agreement was.

“Their role is that they provide a hosted service to multiple counties throughout the state of Kentucky,” Dillon said. “Using their size of population and the income that they have, they’re able to interjoin with multiple companies as far as Windstream and other phone services. They provide 911 services throughout agencies throughout the state.”

Dillon said a 911 call is routed through Lexington and then it is sent to the nearest 911 facility in the system.

“They have the software that tells you what cell phone tower the call is bouncing off and which county’s 911 needs to be alerted,” council member Mike Hall said.

The cost for the agreement has increased two percent over last year, leading the council to wonder if the fiscal court should be involved as well.

“So why are we voting on that for Taylor County?” Nunery asked. “Taylor County is a separate political entity. We’re the city of Campbellsville. Why are we voting on a Taylor County agreement?”

“They provide, and I’m sorry if I can’t make the picture clear enough, but it is a service that they provide for us that nobody else really provides,” Dillon said.

Nunery again pointed out that the city isn’t mentioned in the agreement, saying it’s an agreement between Lexington and Taylor County.

“We manage it for the county, but it’s the county’s 911 center,” Hall said.

Mayor Tony Young then asked Cody Wood for further clarification on the issue, hoping he could help the council better understand it.

Wood said each 911 center in the state is governed by a public safety answering point, and there are 120 PSAPs in the state – one for each county.

“Years ago, the 911 center used to be ran by the county government,” Wood said. “We’ve made an interlocal agreement with the county government to operate the 911 center on their behalf. That’s why the language actually says ‘Taylor County,’ because the PSAP is Taylor County E-911. It has no language about Campbellsville in it.

“All the money from wireless and landline roll through the county, and then come to us,” he added. “That’s why the agreement is written with the language of ‘Taylor County.’ They city of Campbellsville can’t have a 911 center because of there only being 120 PSAPs in Kentucky.”

After several more minutes of discussion, Hall made the motion to ask the fiscal court to look into the agreement and approve it on their end as well. Hall’s motion passed unanimously and it will be passed on to the fiscal court.

 

In other news:

• The council approved trick or treat times for Halloween, which will be from 5-8 p.m. Oct. 31. The measure passed unanimously.

• The council had the second reading of Ordinance 18-04, which approved tax rates on real and personal property. Rates were set at .191 cents per $100 of personal property and .191 cents per $100 of real property.

The ordinance’s first reading was held during the Sept. 4 meeting, and the measure passed unanimously.

• The council voted to approve five city department vehicles as surplus.

Among the vehicles are a 2005 Ford Crown Victoria with 106,569 miles, a 2006 Crown Vic with 84,000 miles and a 2008 Crown Vic with 98,630 miles from the Campbellsville Police Department; a 1997 Ford F250 utility pickup truck with 120,372 miles from the Campbellsville Fire Department; and a 1997 Ford mini mod with 251,402 miles from the EMS department.

Councilwoman Diane Ford-Benningfield asked if the fire department no longer needed the F250 in its fleet, but Fire Chief Chris Taylor said they have a newer vehicle capable of doing what the F250 does.

“It’s just an old utility truck that we used to paint fire hydrants with,” Taylor said. “We just don’t have a need for this one.”

The measure passed unanimously.