E-911 office to move locations

Friday, July 27, 2007

The Barry County E-911 office will move to a new location on Aug. 1. The Barry County E-911 Advisory Board met Monday night and voted to rent office space from Jerry Watley for $600 a month for the months of August and September.

The new 900-square-foot office will be located in the Sho-Me Plaza building on Highway 248 in Cassville. The monthly rental fee includes utilities.

The move will be a temporary one with plans for the E-911 building, now under construction, to be completed by Oct. 1. According to Pat Leighter, E-911 director, the project is on schedule.

Leighter also discussed the need to employ at least one person to help out with answering telephone calls once new 911 addresses are delivered to area citizens. The board voted to let the Policy Committee, which includes Ron Shook, Mick Epperly, Leighter and Leonard Witt, make the hiring decision at its Aug. 12 meeting.

"I expect my call volume will increase dramatically once the addresses are delivered," explained Leighter.

MSAG, the company the E-911 board hired to handle county-wide mapping and addressing, will meet with area postmasters on Aug. 2 to explain the new addressing system.

MSAG will then make a sweep of the county and hang address notification packets on doors. A notice alerting citizens to the pending address changes is running for three weeks in local newspapers.

The packets will contain a resident address card, a post office change of address card, an E-911 resident questionnaire and a postage-paid return envelope. Residents will be asked to fill out their old address on the change of address card and mail it back to the post office.

An address conversion chart will be created from the information returned to area post offices. The accuracy of the chart will depend upon the rate of return of the postcards.

"I expect a 35 percent return, which is not overly optimistic," said Leighter.

In other business, the E-911 board:

• Approved the monthly financial report, which reflects a total of $1,291.345.01 in the E-911 Board's combined account. • Heard a status report on the audit for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2007. According to board member Harold Schelin, the audit is still pending due to 13 changes in audit procedures.

• Voted to purchase a laptop computer for Mike Phillips, GIS technician, as budgeted. The cost, including software, will be right at $4,200.

• Set the board's next meeting date for 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 27 in the Barry Electric meeting room.

• Approved two months of temporary healthcare coverage for Leighter and Phillips for $467.17 through the Bill Young Insurance Agency. This policy will cover the two employees for 61 days.

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