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Published: November 6, 2019


LAWRENCEBURG CITY MAYOR BLAKE LAY ALONG WITH COUNTY EXECUTIVE TR WILLIAMS MADE A TRIP TO NASHVILLE WEDNESDAY TO SPEAK IN FRONT OF THE STATE 911 BOARD REGARDING THE RECENT REDUCTION IN FUNDING BY THE CITY.  POLICE CHIEF TERRY BEECHAM WHO ALSO SERVES THE LAWRENCE COUNTY 911 BOARD CHAIRMAN AND LAWRENCE COUNTY 911 DIRECTOR JOHNNY CHEATWOOD WERE ALSO IN ATTENDANCE.  CHEATWOOD SPOKE BRIEFLY TO THE BOARD IN REGARDS TO THE MUTUAL AID AGREEMENT AND THE FINANCIAL POSITION OF THE DISTRICT BEFORE TURNING THE FLOOR OVER TO MAYOR LAY WHO EXPLAINED THE CITY'S STANCE IN THEIR RECENT REDUCING OF FUNDING FOR 911 SERVICES. BOARD MEMBERS CLARIFIED THAT THE ISSUE IS ABOUT DISPATCH SERVICES AND NOT 911 SERVICES SINCE THE STATE PROVIDES THE FUNDING FOR 911.  RECOMMENDATIONS WERE GIVEN TO LOOK AT THE MATTER FROM A RADIO DISPATCH PERSPECTIVE AND THE SERVICES THAT ARE BEING GIVEN TO THE CITY AND THE DISPATCH FUNCTIONALITY WITHIN THE CITY. COUNTY EXECUTIVE TR WILLIAMS ADVISED THE BOARD THAT BOTH THE CITY AND THE COUNTY ARE COMMITTED TO NOT HAVING A SHORTFALL IN DISPATCH SERVICES.  THE BOARD THEN VOTED TO OFFICIALLY PUT THE DISTRICT ON NOTICE THAT IF THE LOCAL FUNDING SUPPORT IS NOT BACK TO THE LEVEL IT WAS BEFORE BY THE END OF THE FISCAL YEAR THE STATE COULD ENFORCE A REDUCTION IN E-C-D FUNDING BY THE SAME AMOUNT WHICH WOULD BE VOTED ON IN AUGUST. TO VIEW THE MEETING IN IT'S ENTIRETY GO TO TN.GOV/COMMERCE/EMERGENCY- COMMUNICATIONS.

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