State loan will cover new 911 system for 2 counties


Logan, Shelby join forces in $436,000 project

Bellefontaine has landed approval for a $321,420 state loan to help pay for a multi-agency 911 system.


“That’s outstanding,” Police Chief Brandon Standley said. “That’s exciting news.”

Ohio's Development Services Agency announced Thursday it had awarded 11 grants and five loans totaling $2 million through the state’s Local Government Innovation Program and Local Government Efficiency Program.

Chief Standley has been working with Logan County Sheriff Andrew J. Smith, Shelby County Sheriff John Lenhart and Sidney Police Chief William Balling to apply for the loan and develop a plan that gives the entities redundant 911 coverage.

The group had explored an idea to use Allen County’s system, but the costs were too high.

Instead they moved ahead with their own plan which cost a total of $436,394.

They have hired national consulting firm L.R. Kimball to help develop shared services agreements and other documents to set a framework for dealing with CenturyLink and potential future partners in the system.

Chief Standley said the LGIP loan is a 10-year loan, but the plan is pay it off in five years.



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