Greensboro E-911 broke

Published 12:00 am Friday, January 16, 2004

Greensboro–The E-911 service in Hale County needs adequate funding from the City of Greensboro, said Kirk Pearson, E-911 director.

He spoke Tuesday to the Greensboro City Council concerning the need for $3,500 a month to pay for two dispatchers. Pearson, who also serves on the Moundville Town Council, has been the E-911 director since August. “We’re broke,” he said Thursday.

E-911 has nine dispatchers for Hale County.

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Greensboro had previous cut their contribution from approximately $3,088 to $2,044 a month. Moundville had also reduced their contribution to the service, but later reversed that move and is now funding E-911 at $3,500 a month.

“It’s not a question of money,” Pearson said. He is only looking for necessary funding. “We’ve cut back everyway possible.”

Pearson is retired, and he came in to work as director part-time on what he described as “half-pay.”

The Greensboro council will hold a meeting on the issue Tuesday at 9 a.m.