The village of Lyons is teaming up with Justice and Willow Springs for its 911 services.
The villages are following a trend of other smaller communities in Illinois, many of which are doing the same thing in order to provide 911 services and not lose any funding in the process.
The Lyons Village Board recently approved an ordinance that establishes a joint 911 authority with Justice and Willow Springs. Lyons Village Manager Tom Sheahan and Police Chief James Keating have been spearheading the work on getting the three communities together, Mayor Christopher Getty said.
“They’ve been working on this for over a year. The state put restrictions on 911 centers where, in order to continue to operate, you have to serve a minimum of 25,000 residents. Our community being 10,729 residents, we do not meet that requirement. And we’d lose our 911 funds which ranges from 75,000 to $100,000 on an annual basis,” the mayor said.
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