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Henderson officials meet to discuss 911 system upgrade

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Officials are learning more about the cost of upgrading the Henderson 911 emergency call system. 

Authorities say the price tag for both the city and county will be around $1 million.

Members of the city commission and fiscal court met Tuesday night to look at options to update the system. The current 911 center, located at the police station, is about 15 years old. 

The city and county say 15 years is a long time for that equipment, so they need to replace and update to what the state of Kentucky calls "next generation 911."

A 911 consultant presented options to the members to see what would be the best route to take. Henderson Mayor, Steve Austin, says its important to keep their current system updated

"It's a 24 hour a day, seven day a week operation and it's got to work every hour of every day. We cannot take chances on some portion of that system going down that would not allow us to take a 911 call," Austin said.

The next step is to talk to other communities about how their new 911 system has worked. The city and county hope their new system could be operational in about a year.

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