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      Lewis Co. 911 one step closer to contract

      Lewis County Emergency 911 Board is accepting proposals again for other entities to provide services to Lewis County.

      Lewis County Emergency 911 Board is accepting proposals again for other entities to provide services to Lewis County.

      At Tuesday night's meeting, the only proposals submitted were by Marion County Emergency Services and Lewis County Sheriff's Office.

      Five of the board members were in favor of transferring the services to Marion County.

      They called for a motion to enter into a three-year contract with Marion County 911.

      In December 2013, a Lewis County judge issued a preliminary injunction stating the 911 board couldn't enter into an agreement with Marion County.

      The injunction forced Lewis County 911 to start the process over.

      Sheriff David Parrish filed a lawsuit against Lewis County 911 Board and two of its members in October 2013.

      The lawsuit accuses the board of violating open meetings laws, meeting in secret with potential contractors, failing to provide notice that it would discuss possible outsourcing of 911 services in its meeting agendas and other Missouri Sunshine Law violations.

      Attorney James Lemon representing the Lewis County 911 Board was present at the meeting.

      He states they are in the process of answering the lawsuit being levied against them.

      They are also preparing to counter sue Sheriff Parrish in the coming months.

      In the meantime, Lewis County will continue to provide emergency services to the county with Marion County as the back up.

      This doesn??t mean that Marion County assumed all of the services; they are only used if Lewis County cannot handle the call volume.

      According to Lemon, if even one of the staff members in Lewis County is absent, it would put a strain on the call center and some of the calls will be forwarded to Marion County.