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County OKs $75,874 for New Haven 911 upgrades

Allen County Council members agreed Thursday to help pay for upgrades to New Haven’s 911 center after New Haven shaved close to $30,000 off of its original request.

New Haven Police Chief Steve Poiry and Mayor Terry McDonald attended last month’s council meeting and requested $105,623 after being hit with unanticipated licensing and network fees.

They have since scaled back the number of dispatching consoles from three to two, decreasing the fund request to $75,874, Poiry said.

“We have two consoles, which we use the majority of the time, and would use the third one in the event of a disaster,” Poiry said. “Obviously we would like to have three, but we can get by with two.”

Councilman Larry Brown, R-4th, told Poiry he would like to see cross training between New Haven dispatchers and Allen County-Fort Wayne 911 call center employees.

“I think it would be worth the effort for the staff to familiarize themselves with the new (city-county) 911 center’s system,” Brown said.

The new city-county 911 center will open Feb. 4 on the sixth floor of the Rousseau Centre in downtown Fort Wayne.

“If anything happened, it would then be a smoother transition,” to set up emergency dispatching in the new center, Brown said.

New Haven is a working partner that has done due diligence to reduce the amount of requested funding, he said.

“It’s not a case of ‘we’ and ‘they’,” Brown said. “New Haven is part of Allen County.”

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