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Carlisle boro council votes to disband 911 center

Updated: Thursday, August 29 2013, 09:44 PM CDT
Reported by: Ewa Roman

CARLISLE -- After about an hour of listening to people who don't want to see the change, Carlisle Borough Council members voted 5-2 to get rid of the borough 911 dispatch center and allow Cumberland County to takeover calls.
Betty Julias doesn't like that too much.

"And it doesn't matter what the townspeople or voters have to say, they don't care! It's all about what they want, their agenda and power is where it's at," Betty Julias, Carlisle resident.

One council member who voted against it says others should have listened to what the taxpayers said they wanted.

"It boggles my mind that we were not listening to what the community wants, they're the ones paying for it it," said Linda Cecconello, borough council member, voted no.

Council president Perry Heath voted yes. He sees the change quickening the 911 response time.

"I don't believe that the public safety interests are best met if you dial 911 you're put on hold and someone says, 'Wait until I transfer you to Carlisle PD,' that delay is unacceptable to me," Heath said.

There are three primary changes that go along with transferring Carlisle's police dispatch services to Cumberland County 911.

First, Cumberland County 911 will handle primary dispatching. The Carlisle dispatchers already in place will handle administrative calls, things like parking tickets and parade route information.

Second, instead of being open 24/7, the Carlisle Police Station will be open between 8 a.m and 12 a.m. Saving taxpayers $30,000 dollars a year.
Third, parking enforcement and operations will be moving to the finance department.

Heath says the borough will have to buy a new $240,000 radio system. Many people, including officers, worry about the reliability of the new system.

But council members who voted yes assure they'll make sure it is a reliable and working system.

The changeover should happen in about six months.



Carlisle boro council votes to disband 911 center


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