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July 16, 2013

Commissioners approve E911 Trust

CLAREMORE —

More than two years in the making Rogers County E911 Trust Authority finally formed Monday as a legal trust when  the Rogers County Commissioners and trustees signed the indenture documents.
Although the details of operation have yet to be finalized, the board will no longer act as an advisory group to the county, but collectively as beneficiaries to the E911 Center.
The center is only weeks from completion as both groups have been trying to reach the milestone in an effort to move forward after months of negotiations.
The process was rooted in service and increasing public safety, according to Rogers County Commissioner Dan DeLozier.
“This is not about opting in or opting out. You do not have to be in. It is about providing the best service for the citizens of the county,” DeLozier said. “If there is an emergency in this county then first responders will be able to talk to each other.” he said.
“We are willing to come on board because it will make the service better by bringing everything into one center,” said Foyil Fire Chief Randy Atchley. “There is potential for growth for this center down the road and that is something that we should not forget.” 
Commissioner Mike Helm spoke briefly about the financial concern and obligation of the Board of County Commissioners in the future, comparing the entity to the jail trust authority. Helm was concerned about the BOCC being held responsible for any financial shortfall that could occur in the future.
Helm has pointed out from the formation of the trust where the responsibility to fund the center would come from, and how it would be divided among the beneficiaries.
Attorney James C. Orbison made it clear to the BOCC and trustees present at the meeting that the county has no statutory requirement to provide E911 service to the public.

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