Bangor City Councilors Postpone Vote on 9-1-1 Calls 

City councilors in Bangor met again Monday to talk about transferring the city’s public safety answering services to the Penobscot Regional Communications Center, a facility Bangor taxpayers help fund.It’s a question that’s been discussed in Bangor for years. City councilors’ last vote on the issue was tied.Monday night they decided to postpone voting again on the issue until after the results of an ongoing study have been released.Police Chief Ron Gastia says the state is currently looking into what the appropriate number of public safety answering services, or PSAPs, in Maine should be. A private company is expected to present the findings of an independent study on the issue to the state in January.Chief Gastia says he’s pleased the council chose to wait.”I think there’s a lot of information out there that we don’t have. It’s very important that the citizens of Bangor, as well as the council, have as much information as possible as to what could happen with a PSAP here in the future, once this study is complete.”The city pays the county for the service, but doesn’t use it. If the switch is made, the PRCC would have to add personnel.Officials say citizens wouldn’t notice much of a difference on the other end of the phone.The issue is set to come back up for vote in April.