Statewide 9-1-1 Advisory Board Minutes
Illinois Commerce Commission Main Hearing Room
527 East Capitol Avenue
February 22, 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:
Chairman Walter opened the meeting at 10:00 A.M.; the roll call was taken, and a quorum was present.
1) Approval of January 25, 2016 Special Open Meeting Minutes
On Larry Deetjen’s motion and Glenna Johnson’s second, the minutes were unanimously approved.
2) Introduction of the Statewide 911 Administrator
Cindy Barbera-Brelle was introduced to the Board. She has an extensive background in 911, most recently as the executive director of the Northwest Central 911 system.
3) Legislative Update
SB3019 is a continuing appropriation bill for various funds including 911 that is currently awaiting committee assignment. House amendments 3 & 4 of SB26 is still available for a trailer bill, however, there is no movement at this time.
4) Proposed Rules
The emergency rules were approved on Feb. 16 and expire on May 29.
Proposed rules were filed on Feb. 19. The first notice 45 day comment period ends on April 4. The Chairman asked for comments to be submitted by the March 21 Board meeting for review as the second notice comment period starts on April 6.
5) March 1, 2016 Report to the Legislature
The Chairman presented a draft report for the Board to review. Upon review and finalization, the Board approved the report to the legislature on a motion by David Clague and a second by Patrick Fucik.
• 2015 Financial Reports
There are currently seven 911 authorities that have not reported for 2015. Those systems are Country Club Hills, Dolton, Harvey, Melrose Park, Merrionette Park, River Grove, and Willow Springs.
• Surcharge remittance to systems
The August remittance to counties under 100,000 was sent out during the week of Feb. 15. September surcharge remittance for wireless 911 systems will be sent out by the end of the week of Feb. 22.
• Network costs
January network bills have totaled up to approximately $10.4 million as compared to the original $9.8 million originally estimated during creation of the legislation.
Fayette County has applied for a consolidation waiver. The Department’s review is due to the Board on or before March 9. The Department will also be sending out a list of anticipated consolidations to all 911 authorities.
Consolidation and Waiver forms have been revised and will be posted on the ISP website by the end of the week of Feb. 22. A revised grant form was presented to the Board for review.
During this discussion, representatives from Brown County, Vermilion County, St. Clair County, Aurora and Stickney asked questions of the Board regarding their respective situations. In addition, a couple of Board members relayed questions they had received from their constituents regarding consolidations and waivers.
8) Consultant RFP
The Chairman announced that the RFP cannot be discussed in an open meeting or emailed to the Board members. Therefore, three RFPs from other states were given to the Board to review. Board members should identify items they would like to see in the RFP for Illinois and the Department will prepare the final RFP.
9) Old Business
The question was posed as to whether there should be some sort of public announcement regarding the discontinuance of call boxes. The Board agreed that it would only cause confusion.
10) New Business
Representatives from Madison and St. Clair Counties expressed their opinions to the Board regarding payment of network charges for fiber that might support services not related specifically to 911. The dispute process was discussed at this time.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:24 P.M. on a motion by Linda Zerwin and a second by Glenna Johnson.