After years of controversy, Erie County Council is moving forward with plans to improve the Erie County 911 system.
On Tuesday night, in a unanimous decision, county members agreed to join forces with the Northern Tier Telecommunications Project. It's a phone system that will link Erie County 911 with nine other counties in Pennsylvania.
According to council members, the Northern Tier system will save the county $350,000 a year.
Council has also agreed to spend $65,000 on a study which will analyze the technologies being used at the 911 center in Summit Township, and focus on ways to improve the radio system for first responders.
According to Erie County Council Chairman Joe Giles, both decisions are a step in the right direction.
"I think this was extraordinary," said Giles. "Because this is the only way the state is going to get it's arms around the total cost of emergency call systems is to get us to work together."
Council, however, held off on an ordinance to spend $74,000 on equipment updates for Millcreek Police, PA State Police and emergency responders is eastern Erie County.