Mount Vernon News

By Mount Vernon News
March 21, 2013 10:28 am EDT


MOUNT VERNON — With a little over three weeks remaining, 15 affirmative votes have been tallied for the 9-1-1 plan revision currently on the table for local county governments. Over 30,700 residents are included in the townships and villages that have approved the revision. A population total of 36,553 must be represented for the approval of the plan. Knox County has a total population of 60,921.

The plan calls for two major changes to the current 9-1-1 operation including:


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•The elimination of the 9-1-1 board, which will tip the oversight responsibilities directly to the Knox County Board of Commissioners.

•The consolidation of the two current 9-1-1 Public Safety Answering Points (one at the Mount Vernon Police Department and one at the Knox County Sheriff’s Office) to one central location at the Knox County Service Center, 117 E. High St.

Townships that have approved the plan revision include Berlin, Brown, Clay, Clinton, College, Hilliar, Howard, Jackson, Liberty, Morgan, Morris and Pike. The villages of Fredericktown, Gambier and Centerburg have also voted in the affirmative.

The city of Mount Vernon holds the key to move the plan to the Knox County Board of Commissioners for final approval. With city affirmation, the plan would have more than enough representation for approval.















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