Mary E. Hinds News Herald
the Loudon County Commission voted in favor of making E-911 its
own entity with its employees becoming employees of the 911
The new agency, to be known as the "Loudon County Emergency
Communications district" or LCECD, will be an independent agency
that receives funds from the county but would no longer be a
Through this last budget cycle, the agency has received
$725,000 per year from the county but agency officials upon
becoming independent have lessened the county contribution to
The agency decided to make the move to independence when it was
learned that E-911 employees could have difficulty entering the
Tennessee Consolidated Retirement program, the same situation
that prompted the Loudon County Economic Development Agency to
seek independence from the county as well.
At an earlier workshop about the agency becoming independent,
Loudon County Mayor Doyle Arp told commissioners he feared the
new agreement between the county and E-911 could trap the county
into a "maintenance of effort" scenario and force the county to
give the agency that same amount each year regardless of whether
or not the agency has other funding sources. In this case, it
would lock the county into giving at least $540,000 to the
agency each year.
Monday night, Commissioner Bob Franke moved to grant the
agency's request for independence. Commissioner Austin Shaver
moved to amend the motion to read that the county would provide
funding up to $540,000 to be reviewed on an annual basis. He
said the change would ensure the commission did not "lock
ourselves into that dollar amount."
The commission voted to approve the amendment and the motion.