The Chattahoochee River 911 Authority held its first official meeting Jan. 23 and elected as chairman Johns Creek City Manager John Kachmar and as vice chairman Sandy Springs Police Chief Terry Sult. The authority consists of those two voting members.

During the meeting, they approved decisions made during a Dec. 4 organizational meeting.

The new 911 center will be operated by Cranbury, N.J.-based iXP Corp., which last year was awarded a $33 million contract to design, build and operate the center for five years. The contract includes an early termination clause.

Operation of the center will be covered by insurance including a $20 million professional liability policy. What the insurance will cost when the center becomes operational Aug. 1 has yet to be determined.

“We’re going to still continue shopping. We want the best rates available,” Sandy Springs City Attorney Wendell Willard said. “Everybody is aware we have to have our center up and running before that cut-over date.”

Kachmar said it’s necessary to develop agreements with neighboring jurisdictions because 911 coverage overlaps.

“We’re not starting this off with the idea that we’re ignoring our neighbors. We want to make sure we’re cooperating,” he said.

Sult said a priority is updating the Master Street Address Guide, a database of addresses, because inaccuracies have led to problems.

“There’s a lot of growth going on,” he said.