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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - February 13, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana KOKOMO 161 1994 Find surprise on phone bill Youre paying for E911 rights ByLISAFIPPS Tribune Tipton Bureau Tipton County residents may have been sur prised to open their January tele phone bills and find they had been charged for Enhanced911 service that isnt on line The charge was started about the same time we started installing the E911 Commissioner Carl Colbert Whether or not the systems theres There has been cost involved since we start ed the but the com missioners have been picking it With within seconds of receiving a telephone dis patchers of emergency services can access on a computer screen the address and phone number of the Collecting the surcharge before the service starts is not Colbert He said one Indiana county collected the surcharge before even writing bid specifica tions in order to pay cash for the system and not go in Those with more than one phone line may have been even more surprised to find they were charged per Colbert said the reason the sur charge is accessed to each phone line for if someone in the auditors office had a medical emergency any of the lines at her office could be used to dial No one is exempt from paying the he except pub lic pay Revenue from the E911 sur charge will pay for the Last year the Tipton County commissioners approved the pur chase of worth of com munication such as radio from Communi cations Maintenance of Indi The commissioners also pur chased from CMI a self supporting worth of premise such as computer hardware and a mapping which allows dispatchers to see a map of any location in Tipton and a Computer Aided Dispatch With the CAD pertinent medical data about the occupants of a dwelling can be For firefighters when responding to a blaze can know Related story Tipton Countys E911 equipment is safe from county jail Page someone in the building is a para plegic and therefore can be pre pared accordingly to handle the situation long before arriving on the Data about dangerous chemicals at Tipton County businesses can also be input on the CAD Once the purchased through a fiveyear lease pro is paid for there is a possi bility the surcharge rate will go although its not Colbert by the end of the the equipment will need upgrades and As long as TiptonCounty has E 911 there will be a surcharge to pay for the telephone The county pays the Tipton Telephone a month for the Charging per line per month brings in nearly for the The surcharge covers expenses incurred through equipment pur chase or telephone service and he A portion of the salaries for the dispatchers and all of Dispatch Coordinator Dave Gillams wages will from the surcharge There are seven telephone com panies providing service to Tipton County Century and Tip ton Telephone Each of the telephone compa nies needs to sign a contract to agree to collect the Col bert So according to com missioner secretary Helen only two companies have signed and returned con Smithville and She said the E911 service contract awarded to the Tipton Telephone serves as its Colbert said by signing con the telephone companies agree to collect the surcharge from According to state Colbert the companies get 3 percent of the fee off the top For the administrative costs incurred in collecting the sur The balance goes to the And what happens if all of the telephone companies dont sign the contracts I hope we dont have to cross that Colbert All mine Kokomo senior Jessica Rush 55 blocks out Mississinewas Amy Bradford and grabs the rebound during Saturday nights Kokomo Regional who finished with 11 rebounds against the tall Mis sissinewa and her teammates won their fourth straight regional title The Lady Wildkats will meet Huntington North Saturday in the Fort Wayne Tribune photo by Dave Hess Area churches target spend millions Serving largest generation is perhaps singlemost important job facing clergy Editors note This is the first of a fivepart series on the expansion of the church in Howard By KEVIN MARONEY Tribune assistant local area editor Christian churches in Howard County want to be more than a place to be married and They want your And to show you theyre seri 20 nonCatholic congrega tions in the Kokomo area together have spent an estimated mil lion in almost eight The sum has financed carports and other building permits Just in three congrega tions were granted building per mits to construct new They include The Family Worship Center Building for Sake Bill coowner of MyCo Steel Erectors walks across the roof of Oakbrook Community which opened in April 1993 Tribune file photo Second Missionary Baptist Church Oakbrook Community Church half the 20 investing churches in Howard County have often called multi purpose rooms or familylife cen These additions are often the site of weekly basketball and vol leyball games or other Several churches even have bas ketball When not used for the gym space is used for banquets and wedding recep If these congregations dont get your other church min Related graphic and stories Researchers give tips on church Page istries in Kokomo either by radio or cable which broadcasts Chris tian radio programming on FM from reaches listen ers in a fivecounty area in north central Kokomos Family Life Center records its own lively edits them and has them broad cast on cable Viewers of the services are also reached all over northcentral Its all part of what church growth researchers call church It means more congre gations are turning to business survival tactics which dont com promise biblical Please see P4 Harding will skate in Games OREGON AP Tonya Harding will skate in the Winter Games after her berth secured Saturday by a deal cMt with the Olympic Committee hours after the opening cere monies in accused by her exhus band of helping to plot the attack on Nancy Kerrigan last will join Kerrigan as a teammate upon arrival Wednesday at the athletes village near the figure skating The agreement calls for Harding to drop her million lawsuit and for the USOC to let her join in the Olympics without a discipli nary Tonya Harding will skate in the 1994 Clackamas County Circuit Judge Patrick Gilroy said in his order after attor neys for the two sides met in chambers for seven hours Satur Hamilton wins Junior Miss Kokomos Megan Hamilton won the 30th Indiana Junior Miss scholarship competition and in scholarships is a senior at Kokomo High School and is the daughter of Rick and Becky Hamil She will represent Indiana in Americas Junior Miss in in according to Dave publicity chairman for the Indiana Junior Miss Scholarship Judging was based on scholastic physical presence and per forming arts and an She was among 37 young women competing at Frankfort Senior High School for in scholarships and a chance to advance to national Junior Miss is a nationwide schol arship prografn which seeks to reward and encourage excellence in young according to a press On Hamilton won two one for win ning a physical fitness competi tion ana another for according to Fred co chairman of the Howard County Junior Miss She was named first runnerup in which means she had the secondbest rating among the 37 young The compe tition was based on grades and college entrance Blessinger Hamilton Inside markets Classified ads 19 Dear Abby 32 Gott 33 Entertainment 17 Local news 26 Nation 29 News of record 8 Obituaries 8 Opinion 7 Science 28 Sports State 29 Style World 29 1 PRINTED WITH SOY V