Claremore Daily Progress

Verdigris

August 17, 2012

Public does not need to know

E911 Advisory Board discusses withholding information despite Oklahoma Open Records Act

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CLAREMORE —

Currently, the county receives funding from both landlines and cellular phone lines.  These funds are used to fund the center. The county is currently supplementing the staffing needs of the center through the county’s general fund.  There will be other opportunities for the center to increase funding, according to Hamilton.
“We have had additional agencies approach us to join our center,” Hamilton said. “Washington County has approached us.”
The county can operate as is but can’t “stub their toe”, Hamilton said.
He remarks were made in response to the limited resources that would be left in the budget after approving the new dispatch system.
Hamilton continued to explain that if the county has additional agencies come in it is “icing on the cake.”
After Hamilton explained this to the board, Helm spoke up and explained that they did not want the public to know which counties are interested in the center because of current contracts that are in place.
Officials continued to explain that if additional counties or entities join the system then that would create more funding for the center.
The board listened to the proposal from Motorola as officials reminded them of the nature of the discussion.
 “Once again this is security sensitive,” Hamilton said. 
The county does have the right to protect some security issues of the county from public records, she said.
However, as the meeting progressed the discussion turned to public access to recorded 911 phone calls and the authority to prevent public access was questioned.
The question to the advisory board is to providing the logging recording to the public, Hamilton explained.
“How long are we to keep these records and are these recordings public record,” Hamilton said.
She then continued to explain that these recordings include the 911 phone calls and radio conversations.

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