At last month’s Onarga village board meeting there were several guests in attendance to discuss the merits of the current 911 emergency services billing system established by the Iroquois County board.

On hand were former county board chair Rod Copas who has also served as a township official and voiced his opinion that the current system does not have legal merit.

Also there were the current county board chair, John Shure, who was trying persuade the Onarga board to approve the contract and the Edgar County Watchdogs who said the current system does not meet legal muster.

For the record, the Onarga board voted not to sign the contract as did the Gilman city council on the same night.

Fast forward one month and Monday night the Onarga village board, with Copas again in the audience saying he has asked state officials for an opinion, voted to pay the bill under protest.