Americus--The largest area in the state without enhanced 911 services is right here, in Southwest Georgia. Seven counties, Taylor, Macon, Marion, Schley, Dooly, Sumter and Webster, are without E-911. Only one city in this region, Americus, has basic 911.
Leaders from the seven counties met in Americus to hear the results of an E-911 study. Ellaville Mayor, Hughes Palmer, says many new people are moving into Schley County, and E-911 is becoming a necessity, "Our dispatchers are not familiar maybe, and you ask them do you live so and so and they say I don't know I live down the street from so and so, an E-911 center is a lifesaver for my county."
The cost of building one central E-911 center is about 1.3 million dollars. Money from One Georgia has been set aside to help cover some of the costs, but the counties would have to make up the difference. There has been no agreement between the counties whether or not to go ahead with building an E-911 center.