Statewide 9-1-1 Advisory Board Minutes
Illinois Commerce Commission Main Hearing Room
527 East Capitol Avenue
January 25, 2016
The Board met pursuant to notice, at 10:00 A.M. in the Main Hearing Room at the Illinois Commerce Commission’s offices at 527 East Capitol Avenue, Springfield, IL.
Board Members physically present:
Col. Kelly Walter
Board Members present by phone:
Board Members not present:
Chairman Walter opened the meeting at 10:00 A.M.; the roll call was taken, and a quorum was present.
1) Approval of December 21, 2015 Special Open Meeting Minutes
On Ralph Caldwell’s motion and Ken Caudle’s second, the minutes were unanimously approved.
2) Legislative Update
There are no 911 bills active in the legislature at this time. Also, there is no information regarding any trailer bills.
Chairman Walter announced that former ICC staff Marci Elliott, Stacy Ross and Allison Nance joined the ISP on Jan. 1, 2016. Questions for Karl Pound and Allison Nance should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions for Marci Elliott and Stacy Ross should be send to email@example.com.
The Chairman also introduced Deno Perdiou from AT&T and Sam McClerren from the ICC as new members of the Board. It is anticipated that the Statewide 911 Administrator will be announced by the Governor’s Office by Jan. 29.
4) Emergency Rules Hearing
The emergency rules were published in the Illinois Register on Jan. 15, 2016. The ISP has a hearing regarding the emergency rules on Feb. 16.
5) Proposed Rules
The ISP will submit proposed rules by the end of January. All rules will be substantially the same as the emergency rules with the exception of Part 1324.200(f) which has an incorrect reference to Part 1325. Also, some changes were made to Part 1329.510(c), (e) and (g) to simplify the process regarding financial reports. The filing of the proposed rules will trigger the first 45 day comment period. Any comments should be filed with JCAR. A second 45 day period is mainly for JCAR to ask questions of the ISP.
6) March 1, 2016 Report to Legislature
The ISP will prepare an initial draft of the report for the Board’s review. Topics to be addressed in the report may include:
• transition from ICC to ISP;
• emergency rules;
• final accounting from the ICC;
• concerns and challenges in complying with deadlines in the legislation;
• impact of sweeps (include reference to ineligibility to receive federal grants as a negative impact);
• continuing appropriations language;
• possible additional clarification regarding secondary PSAPs;
• clarify whether Life Alert-type devices are acceptable for use in Illinois;
• exempt lines;
• status of call box disconnections;
• status of consolidations and waivers; and
• Recommendations for trailer bill.
Any comments regarding the report should be sent to Chairman Walter.
7) Waiver Review – Lawrence County
Lawrence County had filed a waiver request, but it was withdrawn on Jan. 22.
• 2014 Financial Reports Amounts
ISP staff will contact those 911 authorities whose numbers are obviously wrong and will report back at the next Board meeting as those numbers make up the hold harmless amount going forward. The Harvey 911 system is still the only one that has not reported for 2014.
• 2015 Financial Reports
There are currently eleven 911 authorities that have not reported for 2015. Those systems are Brookfield, Country Club Hills, Dolton, Harvey, Markham, Melrose Park, Merrionette Park, River Grove, Westchester, Willow Springs and Winthrop Harbor. The ISP will send a final notice letter and proceed with withholding surcharge.
• Surcharge after January 1, 2016
The Chairman indicated that the ISP is awaiting a final true-up of surcharge monies from the ICC through December 2015. The Chairman also walked through the surcharge disbursement steps outlined in the legislation.
The fillable form is not ready for the ISP website yet as the Grant Accountability and Transparency Act requires the ISP to use a uniform application. The ISP is working to convert its form.
The dollar amounts indicated in the legislation were for the entire fiscal year so there is uncertainty as to the amount that would be available for the partial first year. The priority for grants is counties with no 911.
The Chairman announced that the RFP cannot be discussed in an open meeting pursuant to a prior decision on that issue. The ISP has requested a reversal of that decision. Carriers would have to recuse themselves if their companies might be potential bidders. If the RFP cannot be discussed at an open meeting, an email will go out to each Board member requesting their individual comments. Deno Perdiou and Colleen Wright recused themselves. Also, the RFP must go out for bid by June 30.
11) New Business
The Board set the following future meeting dates to be held at the ICC’s Main Hearing Room in Springfield:
Feb. 8 – tentative to discuss RFP
Each date will have a start time of 10:00 A.M. the first day and 9:00 A.M. the second day.
The Board also discussed sending letters to all 911 authorities who must consolidate under the new legislation.
Both Ken Smith and Chris Kindlespire, public commenters, posed questions to the Board regarding network charges and grants.
The meeting was adjourned at 12:40 P.M. on a motion by Deno Perdiou and a second by Glenna Johnson.