1. Joint 911 service boards to submit plans. The board of supervisors of each county shall establish a joint 911 service board not later than January 1, 1989. Each political subdivision of the state having a public safety agency serving territory within the county is entitled to voting membership on the joint 911 service board. Each private safety agency operating within the area is entitled to nonvoting membership on the board. A township which does not operate its own public safety agency, but contracts for the provision of public safety services, is not entitled to membership on the joint 911 service board, but its contractor is entitled to membership according to the contractor's status as a public or private safety agency. The joint 911 service board shall develop an enhanced 911 service plan encompassing at minimum the entire county, unless an exemption is granted by the administrator permitting a smaller E911 service area. The administrator may grant a discretionary exemption from the single county minimum service area requirement based upon an E911 joint service board's or other E911 service plan operating authority's presentation of evidence which supports the requested exemption if the administrator finds that local conditions make adherence to the minimum standard unreasonable or technically infeasible, and that the purposes of this chapter would be furthered by granting an exemption. The minimum size requirement is intended to prevent unnecessary duplication of public safety answering points and minimize other administrative, personnel, and equipment expenses. An E911 service area must encompass a geographically contiguous area. No exemption shall be granted from the contiguous area requirement. The administrator may order the inclusion of a specific territory in an adjoining E911 service plan area to avoid the creation by exclusion of a territory smaller than a single county not serviced by surrounding E911 service plan areas upon request of the joint 911 service board representing the territory. The E911 service plan operating authority shall submit the plan on or before January 1, 1994, to all of the following:
a. The division.
b. Public and private safety agencies in the enhanced 911 service area.
c. Providers affected by the enhanced 911 service plan.
An E911 joint service board that has a state-approved service plan in place prior to July 1, 1993, is exempt from the provisions of this section. The division shall establish, by July 1, 1994, E911 service plans for those E911 joint service boards which do not have a state-approved service plan in place on or before January 1, 1994.
The division shall prepare a summary of the plans submitted and present the summary to the legislature on or before August 1, 1994.
2. Compliance waivers available in limited circumstances. The administrator may extend, in whole or in part, the time for implementation of an enhanced 911 service plan beyond the scheduled plan of implementation, by issuance of a compliance waiver. The waiver shall be based upon a joint 911 service board's presentation of evidence which supports an extension if the administrator finds that local conditions make implementation financially unreasonable or technically infeasible by the originally scheduled plan of implementation. The compliance waiver shall be for a set period of time, and subject to review and renewal or denial of renewal upon its expiration. The waiver may cover all or a portion of a 911 service plan's enhanced 911 service area to facilitate phased implementation when possible. The granting of a compliance waiver does not create a presumption that the identical or similar waiver will be extended in the future. Consideration of compliance waivers shall be on a case-by-case basis.
3. Chapter 28E agreement---alternative to joint 911 service board. A legal entity created pursuant to chapter 28E by a county or counties, other political divisions, and public or private agencies to jointly plan, implement, and operate a countywide, or larger, enhanced 911 service system may be substituted for the joint 911 service board required under subsection 1.
An alternative legal entity created pursuant to chapter 28E as a substitute for a joint 911 service board, as permitted by this subsection, may be created by either:
a. Agreement of the parties entitled to voting membership on a joint 911 service board.
b. Agreement of the members of a joint 911 service board.
An alternative chapter 28E entity has all of the powers of a joint 911 service board and any additional powers granted by the agreement. As used in this chapter, "joint 911 service board" includes an alternative chapter 28E entity created for that purpose, except as specifically limited by the chapter 28E agreement or unless clearly provided otherwise in this chapter. A chapter 28E agreement related to E911 service shall permit the participation of a private safety agency or other persons allowed to participate in a joint 911 service board, but the terms, scope, and conditions of participation are subject to the chapter 28E agreement.
4. Participation in joint E911 service board required. A political subdivision or state agency having a public safety agency within its territory or jurisdiction shall participate in a joint E911 service board and cooperate in preparing the E911 service plan.
88 Acts, ch 1177, § 3 ~IC89, § 477B.3 ~I89 Acts, ch 168, § 1, 2 ~IC93, § 34A.3 ~I93 Acts, ch 125, § 2
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