Statewide 9-1-1 Advisory Board Minutes
Illinois Commerce Commission Main Hearing Room
527 East Capitol Avenue
August 29, 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:
David Clague (joined 10:20)
Board Members not present:
Chairman Walter opened the meeting at 10:03 A.M.; the roll call was taken, and a quorum was present.
- Approval of July 25, 2016 Open Meeting Minutes
On Linda Zerwin’s motion and Ralph Caldwell’s second, the minutes were unanimously approved.
- Public Hearings
- Southwest Central Consolidation Application:
- Motion was made by Larry Deetjen to recommend that the 9-1-1 Administrator approve subject to the conditions stated in the Administrative Law Judge’s Recommended Decision. Motion was seconded by Linda Zerwin. Motion carried by a unanimous vote by the Board.
- Henry County Waiver Application:
- Motion was made by Linda Zerwin to recommend that the 9-1-1 Administrator Disapprove of the Request for a Waiver of Consolidation and that the County be required to consolidate in accordance with the Act by July 1, 2017, subject to the condition that the 9-1-1 Administrator may grant no more than two six-month extensions of the consolidation requirement upon good cause shown. Motion was seconded by Larry Deetjen. Motion carried by a 7 to 2 vote by the Board.
Recessed for break 11:20 a.m.
Reconvened 11:38 a.m.
- Glenview Consolidation Application:
- Motion was made by Larry Deetjen to approve and was seconded by Linda Zerwin. Motion carried by a unanimous vote by the Board.
Recessed for Lunch at 11:40 a.m.
Reconvened 1:02 p.m.
- Brown County Waiver Application:
- Motion was made by Jana Fear to recommend that the 9-1-1 Administrator Approve of the Request for a Waiver of Consolidation subject to the conditions stated in the Administrative Law Judge’s Recommended Decision, except that the 9-1-1 Administrator may grant no more than two six-month extensions for the County to be approved to implement their system upon good cause show. Motion was seconded by Ralph Caldwell. Motion carried by 8 to 1 vote by the Board.
Recessed for break 2:15 p.m.
Reconvened 2:35 p.m.
- Morgan County Consolidation Application:
- Motion was made by David Tuttle to recommend that the 9-1-1 Administrator approve and was seconded by Glenna Johnson. Motion carrier by a unanimous vote by the Board.
- Legislative Update
- Proposed legislation discussion of the first draft. The following comments were made:
- Surcharge of $.87 is not enough to fund everything.
- Need to define what will be funded, Cadillac verses basic 9-1-1 requirements.
- Question whether text to 9-1-1should paid for by the state.
- Steve Rauter wanted to ensure that the Board was aware that the new tele communicator training was an unfunded mandate. Wanted to request that the allowable expenses be amended to allow land and buildings to be purchased with 9-1-1 surcharge money, and requested that star codes be added to the 10 digit statewide 9-1-1 Directory.
- Fiscal Update
Chairman Walter reviewed projections (in a spread sheet) provided to the Board.Estimates included the 12.5 million grant funding. There was discussion regarding pre-paid and the annual transfer of extra money in the wireless carrier reimbursement fund to the 9-1-1 provider fund.
- Brent Reynolds wanted clarification on how network costs were issued for Glenview and Grayslake. Karl Pound provided an explanation.
- Steve Rauter provided a warning that orders should take into consideration that the Act could change. Deno Perdiou disagreed and said that nothing should reverse any of the Administrator’s decisions made prior to any new legislative mandates. Steve also addresses how much money is always in the fund which causes concern about the money being swept. Sweeping of funds makes Illinois ineligible for Federal funds in the future to assist with the implementation of NG9-1-1. Another issued highlighted was that carriers should all be made to report to the State. He also indicated problems with Magic Jack sending calls to a call centers instead of 9-1-1.
- Jeanine Chiappano, E-COM, had questions on the “hold harmless” amount. Requested the need for wireline count. Linda Zerwin suggested using the MSAG to obtain the data. Jeanine further questioned why no one was responsible for auditing the carriers to ensure all are remitting funds.
- Brian Whittaker, St. Clair County, was dissatisfied with the Board’s action on waivers to consolidations. Feels judgments given have not been consistent. Wants to pull its consolidation plan.
- Administrator Update
- RFP update – evaluation of all mandatory requirements have been completed and are in the process of completing the reference checks.
- Sexual Assault TC Training – currently researching.
- Financial and Annual Reporting – ICC is hosting the reporting web site again. Currently reviewing a way to stream line the report for next year. Would like to change the financial reporting date from Oct. 1 to Jan. 31 each year. Will prepare a draft of the new financial report and share with the board. Hope to finalize and set up the reporting process through the ISP by next reporting period.
Glenna Johnson wondered if the Administrator had issued the Fayette County order. Cindy advised that she was given a 2 week extension because she had requested some additional information so the order has not been issued yet.
Chairman Walter advised that the Board may need another meeting date in September along with the existing meeting dates of Sept. 19th and 20th to complete all the hearings. She provided a review of the next day’s public hearing schedule and recessed the meeting at 4:20 p.m. until tomorrow at 9:00 a.m.