Rockdale, Cameron leaders to weigh 911

Rockdale, Cameron and Milam County officials will do something they don’t do often — talk out a solution to the impending 911 answering points.

Jim Reed, director of the Central Texas Council of Governments (CTCOG), presented a talk to Rockdale City Council members on Monday outlining a potential contraction of the system, which may mean choosing between Rockdale and Cameron to field emergency calls. Cameron Mayor Connie Anderle and City Manager Ricky Tow were in attendance.

The issue deals with a switch to digital equipment and a demand from the state that CTCOG decrease its costs. If both cities were to keep their own 911 service, it would mean an increase in costs

City Manager Kelvin Knauf said no meeting date has been set as the entities are waiting on cost information for both options.

Reed was not lobbying for either decision, saying it was something the county, and cities of Rockdale and Cameron would have to decide for themselves.

“Our staff would support either decision,” he said.

Reed said the Council of Governments has already set aside funds for the switch to digital, but will have to wait until the state decides to switch the entire system. If it were to switch now, it would need digital equipment with analog capabilities.

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