Tuesday, August 7, 2012
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Gwinnett Daily Post
LAWRENCEVILLE -- Officials will take more time to fulfill payments to local cities as part of a service delivery settlement.
Commissioners Tuesday approved a 45-day shift to the deadline for one final service, as leaders continue to gather information on police dispatch and 911 service.
Chairwoman Charlotte Nash said the county is waiting on some information from city police departments to fulfill 911 reporting requirements, before finalizing the payments.
During the lawsuit settlement in February, county officials agreed to make annual payments to the local cities with police departments to cover dispatch services with 911 funds collected on phone bills. Earlier this year, the county paid out $1.5 million as an initial payment while the expenses were assessed.
Nash said the total expenses for the cities appears to be closer to $2.8 million.
Separately, the county has ordered 911 equipment for city dispatch use.
Lawrenceville Mayor Judy Jordan Johnson said she hopes the assessment is complete soon. A meeting is scheduled for Thursday.
"I understand that a deadline has passed and there is still information that has not come full circle," she said, adding that Lawrenceville has relayed the necessary information.