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Ludowici chief worries 9-1-1 abused

POSTED: April 28, 2007 5:04 a.m.
Ludowici Police Chief Frank McClelland brought a number of issues before the city council Tuesday.
He told the council people are abusing the 9-1-1 system by calling dispatchers whenever they hear of an incident to try to find out information about it.
“These dispatchers have a difficult job, and it doesn’t help when we have two or three calls going on, a wreck or whatever, and people are calling in to try to find out what is going on. It can get pretty wild,” he said “It ties up the lines and makes it difficult for everyone to do their job.”
It’s generally known people are supposed to call 9-1-1 only during emergencies.
McClelland also requested two employees be approved to attend terminal agency coordinator officer classes. Lisa Cornett and Rita Dubberly were approved to attend a training seminar Aug. 21-23 in Columbus.
Also, the council approved Dubberly being promoted to chief TAC coordinator officer and Cornett attending tact officer school in May.
Additionally, McClelland's request that dispatcher applicants be paid while undergoing initial training was also approved.
Water Superintendent James Fuller informed the council he had contacted Bert Webb, owner of Liberty Square Plaza, on McDonald Street, in regards to a complaint of lights shining in an adjacent home. He also noted a complaint about a drainage problem from a ditch in the rear of the area.
Fuller was assured both problems would be corrected.
Councilman Gwendolyn Davis also reported she had attended the regional information forum at Hunter Army Air Field Feb. 22.
She said local communities were invited the meeting so they could share information about their events.
“It was very informative. They just wanted to find out what the local communities had to offer so this information could be put together to better support the military, and build better relationships between the military and the local people,” Davis said.
The council also approved Municipal Court Clerk Cindy McClelland attending two required classes — one June 7-8 in Tifton and the other July 9-10 in Young Harris.
In other news, the council:
• Voted to maintain the current Blue Cross health insurance plan for city employees
• Approved Tarra McGowan as the qualifying agent for elections
• Changed the city polling location from the Old Ludowici Train depot to the new meeting room in city hall.
 

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