Monday, March 28, 2011

Councilman Shortal Request Immediate Input

Good (morning) my fellow citizens. The following is a one item update and request for you input. Regret the short notice but the 911 issue had been moved to the April meeting but apparently is now back on the meeting for Monday, 28 MAR at 7 PM.

911 .... DeKalb County (DC) 911 has made strides to enhance their system. Their response time across the board has improved. They have provided the items that we went to them with and requested, they have filled their vacancies and are adding additional personal (these moves should not be affected by the DC budget cuts as these funds come from phone 911 fees) and the 911 Chief is a dedicated and quality individual ... grew up in Dunwoody and his parents still live here. As we look forward it is fairly sure that we will be in DC ... thus I say let us use our efforts to try to make the entire County better. We definitely are not sure that we have the 911 revenues accurate .... that is a fact. It is now agreed that EMS/Fire reaction time will be a little slower as we go thru a switching and forwarding operation to get the info from Chat-Comm (Chat-Comm is Sandy Springs/Johns Creek 911 service) to the DC Fire & Rescue. Although not the predominate factor cost needs to be considered .... over a three year period rough estimates are from $1.1 million to as high as $1.8 million for three years for us to go with Chat-Comm. There is no separate budgeted funds to pay for the cost of going to Chat-Comm .. it will come out of general funds. Since we have lots of infrastructure problems excess funds can always be used .... it is also always nice to have reserve funds for a "rainy day." There should be no hurry to move ....if after a certain period DC county 911 has not performed as advertised we can always give them a six months notice and leave. Please reply ASAP ... the meeting is tomorrow night ... by informing me:

1. I want to stay with DC for 911 service but check to ensure that DC 911 meets the performance standards that they promised.

2. I want to leave DC 911 service now and go to Chat-Comm.

That is all. Please pass this on to your friends, neighbors, members of your HOA and/or anyone who maybe interested. Thanks for your continued support and involvement in our City.

Let Us Continue To Build Our City Together
Denny Shortal
Dunwoody City Council, District One, Post-1
Mayor Pro Tem
PH (O) 678-382-6700 (C) 678-246-9006

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