MOUNT VERNON — Knox County Commissioners voted Thursday to approve the reorganization plan for the county’s 9-1-1 system and began the transition that will take place over the next several months.
The commissioners reported that 17 of the 22 townships, five out of seven villages and the city of Mount Vernon have voted to approve the plan, which will consolidate the two 9-1-1 call centers into one facility and have the 9-1-1 director report directly to the commissioners, instead of a board of directors. Although today was the deadline for the townships and villages to vote the plan, the commissioners had not received votes from three townships (Jefferson, Middlebury and Union) and the villages of Brinkhaven (Gann) and Utica. Wayne and Butler townships were the only political subdivisions to vote against the reorganization.
Commissioner Teresa Bemiller said they knew some townships were going to vote Thursday evening, but the commissioners needed to go ahead and act.
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