The City of Chanute is in limbo with their 911 emergency system. Will they stay with Neosho County or go with Allen County? They've been unhappy with Neosho County services which is $180,000 with annual increases but no improvements.
Allen County 911 Communications Director Angela Murphy said it would cost about $167,000 annually to absorb Chanute into the Allen County system, and Chanute would have the extra cost of hiring three more licensed employees. Murphy recommends Chanute pay $200-250,000 per year for Allen County services, but Allen county commissioners are hesitant to act without more communication with Neosho county and City of Chanute together. Neosho county commission is not fully staffed after the resignation of David Bideau, and Murphy said Chanute city officials told her they are not willing to re-engage in talks with Neosho county and would look elsewhere if unable to join Allen County's services.
Allen County commissioner Bill King pointed out that the need for protection such as a 3 to 5-year agreement for the project because the Chanute city manager position is a revolving door and questions if city manager Jeff Cantrell will be in the position next year, and a new manager could pull out and go back to Neosho County services.