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New Haven's request for 911 upgrade heading to Allen County Council

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 3:30 pm

A request for funding for a potential upgrade to New Haven's 911 system will be heard by Allen County Council on Thursday.

New Haven Chief of Police Steve Poiry appeared before the board of the Consolidated Communications Partnership - a joint 911 dispatching operation between Fort Wayne and Allen County, of which New Haven is not a part - and made the request for $105,622.88.

The board, in turn, responded with probing questions about the merits of the request. Efficiency and cost effectiveness, redundancy and long-term cost - primarily in the form of annual maintenance fees for the system upgrade - were among the lines of questioning submitted by the board.

Allen County Sheriff Ken Fries made a motion to approve New Haven's request for funding, which was met with silence from other board members until Allen County Commissioner Therese Brown, who presides over the CCP board, seconded Fries' motion in the interest of keeping the matter moving. Fort Wayne Police Department Chief Rusty York voted against the measure.

The $105,622.88 that is being requested is to allow Frontier Communications to upgrade New Haven's 911 equipment, in order to allow compatibility with the CCP's upgraded system that will go online on Jan. 15, 2014. If New Haven's system is not upgraded, callers who dial 911 within New Haven's boundaries will be routed directly to the CCP's call center, which will be located on the sixth floor of the Rousseau Centre in downtown Fort Wayne.

For more on this story, see Wednesday's edition of The News-Sentinel or check back on www.news-sentinel.com.