Statewide 9-1-1 Advisory Board Minutes
Illinois Commerce Commission Main Hearing Room
527 East Capitol Avenue
November 13, 2017
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. and turned the meeting over to Linda Zerwin to chair the meeting; the roll call was taken, and a quorum was present.
1) Approval of October 30, 2017 Open Meeting Minutes
On Ralph Caldwell’s motion and Glenna Johnson’s second, the October 30th minutes were unanimously approved.
2) Public Hearings
• Cook County/Blue Island Consolidation Plan:
o Motion was made by Ralph Caldwell and seconded by Sam McClerren to recommend that the 9-1-1 Administrator approve the application for a 9-1-1 consolidation plan as filed. Motion carried by a unanimous vote by the Board.
• Central Dispatch (Dolton/Burnham/Lynwood) Consolidation Plan:
o Motion was made by Sam McClerren and seconded by Ralph Caldwell to approve the application for a 9-1-1 consolidation plan as filed. Motion carried by a unanimous vote by the Board.
3) Legislative Update
SB402 was changed and no longer includes waiver language for Rosemont and Deerfield. HB4088, an exemption from consolidation language for Winthrop Harbor, has been sitting in the Rules Committee since October.
4) Fiscal Update
The Board was presented with a summary of the Statewide 9-1-1 Bureau’s spending for FY17 through 11/8/17 and projected spending for all of FY17.
5) Administrator Update
• 2016 AR911 Reports – 3 reports are still outstanding: Dolton, Markham, and Maywood.
• Annual Financial Report – The new Annual Financial Report was introduced at the IPSTA Conference. The notice to file the Report and instructions will be emailed to 9-1-1 contacts in December. Included in the session was a presentation on the 2018 Grant Program and on financial changes with the new legislation.
• Administrative Rules – ISP is currently updating rules due to the legislative changes. A draft of the rules might be ready on 11/20 with written comments due back on 12/4 followed by a discussion at the 12/11 Board meeting.
• 2018 Grant Opportunities - There will be two grant opportunities: One for unserved and consolidations and one for NG9-1-1 expenses for 9-1-1 authorities that provide services within the territory of a Large Electing Provider as defined in Section 13-406.1 of the Public Utilities Act. The Notice of Funding Opportunity will be posted around 12/15 with grant applications due on 2/1.
• LaSalle County – The 9-1-1 Administrator working with the remaining carriers to get the implementation completed.
• Additional items – The 9-1-1 Administrator is continuing to work with AT&T, CenturyLink, Frontier, Geneseo and NG9-1-1, Inc. on the cost analysis for 9-1-1 authorities with annual network costs in excess of $100,000.
• NG9-1-1 Feasibility Study – Comments about the study should be submitted by 11/27 with discussion to follow at the 12/11 Board meeting.
6) Old Business
The Chairman asked to the Board to clarify if the $6.5 million was included in the $14 million that the Board approved for grants at the October 30th meeting. Ralph Caldwell stated that that was the Board’s intention.
Deno Perdiou asked if there has been any progress with VoIP providers who are not remitting surcharge to the State. The Administrator suggested that maybe the State could audit, but the topic is still be researched.
7) New Business
The Chairman listed topics that need to be discussed at future meetings: training and statewide certification of telecommunicators by the Board, dates for 2018 meetings and creation of subcommittees for various topics, such as a new formula for surcharge distribution.
Sam McClerren gave comments on the Feasibility Study. He expressed concern that the report portrayed the Illinois Commerce Commission as a barrier to progress in Illinois without supporting the claim. He stated that Appendix E of the report addresses the ICC’s administrative rules and gives recommendations for updates to the rules. The ICC has not taken an action on these recommendations since no one has opened a docket. Lastly, he warned the Board about consultant costs increasing as the project continues.
8) Public Comment
Sandy Beitel (INENA) – Asked what the ETSA system maintenance charge was on the financials presented by Karl Pound. These are fees the ISP has to pay to CMS for the financial system. She also asked if the staff at the Department are dedicating 100% of their time to 911 or are other duties involved. Staff performs 911 duties only. She also stated that the ICC is living in a copper world and needs to update its rules and open competition up to other companies.
Brian Whitaker (St. Clair County) – Stated that the surcharge rate has tripled in recent years, but his County has only seen a 10% increase in the amount it receives. He also inquired about the status of Madison County’s consolidation plan which is still under review by the Administrator.
The meeting was adjourned at 11:00 AM.