Joint 911 service board slates special meeting

Discuss funding options

Tupper

Possible Implementation of a levy, as well as other means to effectively fund Emergency-911 operations will be discussed at a special meeting at 5:30 p.m., June 22 in the lower level of the Marshalltown Police Department headquarters, 22 N. Center St.

The public is invited.

Officially, the matter is on the agenda as: “Discussion on draft document regarding Emergency Management Levy as possible funding source for 911 Operations.”

But Vice-Chairperson and Marshall County Supervisor Bill Patten told the Times-Republican all options are on the table.

“Nothing has been decided,” he said. “People like 911 … they want 911. We need to look at all options to effectively fund it. When 911 was set up approximately 25 years ago, funding operations was derived from a $1 fee on each land line. Later, a 50 cent charge each on cell phones was added. But land lines are rare now … . We need to ‘kick around’ funding mechanisms to make this work.”

In addition to Patten, voting board members are Eric Erickson, Jeff Bunn, Chairperson Mayor Jim Lowrance of Marshalltown, Hank Penner, Marie Thoms and Madeline Whelton. Non-voting members are Marshalltown Chief of Police Mike Tupper, who serves as administrator, and Teresa Lang of the MPD is communications supervisor.

All are Marshall County residents.

Others who attend are Marshall County law enforcement and city or county officials.

For example, in attendance at a May 11 meeting, in addition to Tupper and Lang, were Marshall County Sheriff Sheriff Steve Hoffman, Marshalltown Fire Department Chief David Rierson, Marshalltown City Administrator Jessica Kinser and Emergency Management Coordinator Kim Elder.

Other agenda items for the June 22 meeting include unfinished business and public comments.

Meeting guidelines call for attendees asking questions to state their name for the record, and limit time used so others to speak.

The normal process on any agenda item is the chairperson to read the item from the agenda, input is received form the audience, the service board is given the opportunity to comment on the issue or respond to audience concern, a motion placed on the floor and vote is taken.

The board holds regularly scheduled meetings at 5:30 p.m. the second Thursday of each month also in the lower level of MPD Headquarters. For more information, contact Lang at 641-754-4750 or tlang@ci.marshalltown.ia.us.

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Contact Mike Donahey at 641-753-6611 or mdonahey@timesrepublican.com