Winnebago County Board passes new 911 call center agreement


WINNEBAGO COUNTY, Ill. (WTVO) — The terms of the new Winnebago County 911 Center have been agreed upon. The County Board voted to pass the agreement Thursday night.

The agreement will consolidate the call centers for nine municipalities.

Loves Park, Machesney Park, Cherry Valley, Durand, Pecatonica, Rockton, Roscoe, South Beloit, and the Village of Winnebago are all part of the agreement.

The county and municipalities will pay based on who uses services more.

“It spreads out, I think, the financial impact of the 911, it takes a little burden off the county,” David Kurlinkus of the Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office said. “We figured out there was 72% of the 911 calls are county generated and 28% are municipal generated.”

Those payments are based off calls made in 2018. The new agreement runs through September 2023.

The Winnebago County 911 Center was on the County Board docket for months as both sides couldn’t seem to find common ground.

The Sheriff’s Office was eager for a resolution.

In January, Loves Park’s Mayor said there were several sticking points preventing at least five cities from signing on. Among them was how much each community has to pay from year to year and the language around how and when they could leave the agreement.

Attorney Gino Galluzzo explained the changes.”We discussed the language regarding how and when a party can terminate an agreement, we discussed how the annual increase or the amount of the annual increase identified in the agreement obviously subject to change after the four year period when the parties continue to discuss and talk and review the finances together.”

Board Chariman Frank Haney says residents won’t notice a difference in services.


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