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January 4, 2013

E911 talks prompt outside counsel search

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CLAREMORE —

In a related matter, the trust authority discussed finding legal counsel for the trust. The trust authority cannot be represented by the Rogers County District Attorney due to a conflict of interest, according to DeLozier.
This is the same process as the other trust authorities that operate in the county, DeLozier added.
Assistant District Attorney David Iski has been serving as legal counsel for the trust authority and E911 Center until another attorney can be hired.
DeLozier is requesting that any area trust attorneys that are interested in working with the trust authority contact Hamilton for more information.
In other business, the board looked at finalizing the location for the center and resolving issues with alarm calls.
During previous meetings an alternative location for the building was discussed. Once plans to change the construction of the building were released, some trust members looked at alternatives that could save the department money.
“The problem I have with an alternate building plan is that we have already spent money on architects. I would have a hard time justifying this to the taxpayers,” DeLozier said.
The board settled on the existing plan to build the 4,100 square foot building at the location north of Claremore on Highway 88. The commissioners are expected to open the construction for bids next week.
 The board briefly discussed the number of calls that result from residential and business alarm services. 
Hamilton reviewed the alarm statistics in an effort to resolve the high number of unfounded alarm calls. These calls are due to false alarm or accidental alarm calls. 
Currently police officers and deputies respond to all alarm calls. Rogers County Sheriff’s Office and Verdigris Police Department responded to approximately 1,357 alarm calls of which, many were false alarms, according to Hamilton
The goal is to promote a response to actual emergency situations versus false or tripped alarms. The trust members are looking at procedures that could improve the problem. Tthis could include charging a fee for false alarms.

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