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Status of Barry County E-911 discussed

Thursday, November 29, 2007

The Barry County E-911 Emergency Services Board discussed the status of the E-911 system at its regularly scheduled meeting on Nov. 26.

"Don Ness, (of Corner and Ness Architects), called this afternoon," said Pat Leighter, Barry County E-911 director. "He said he was by the building over the weekend, and it will not be ready to do a punch list tomorrow. He said he would try to set something up for later in the week and would let us know."

The heating and air conditioning system has not been installed at the new E-911 Operations Center, which is located on Business 37 next to Barry Electric's headquarters. According to Ness, crews are waiting on material to complete the system.

"All of the radio equipment has been installed," said Leighter. "The antennas were tested Friday, and we are scheduled to begin transmitting on Wednesday, Nov. 28."

Dispatchers have received at least one hour of training using the new radios. According to Leighter, all of the dispatchers feel comfortable with the new equipment.

"Interact is still waiting on data from MSAG," said Leighter. "MSAG said they should have the data to them no later than Dec. 1. Interact has scheduled delivery of some of the hardware beginning Dec. 17, at which time we will start inputting our data into the CAD (computer-aided dispatching) system."

Phone lines needed to receive regular emergency calls are currently operational in the operations center dispatching area. Calls ring at the operations center and at the Barry County Sheriff's Office.

Leighter hopes dispatchers can begin receiving regular emergency calls at the operations center by Nov. 30. Leighter has hired five additional dispatchers who will begin working for Barry County E-911 on Dec. 3.

The Barry County E-911 Emergency Services Board plans to schedule an open house at the new operations center in January of 2008.

In new business, the board accepted several change orders and bids.

Bill Shiveley, board chairman, presented a change order quote for fencing that will be installed on the east side of the E-911 Operations Center.

According to the quote, 220 feet of six-foot fence will cost $3,680. The board can also add a 16-foot access gate, which will raise the total project cost to $4,600.

Shiveley recommended the board accept the quote with the gate, which will allow service crews to access fiber optic cables and a transformer that were placed near the operations center. The board approved the change order with the gate.

Shiveley also presented a change order for extra curbing and asphalt that were used to finish the operations center parking lot and driveway. The board approved the $2,530 change order.

Ron Shook, Emergency Services board member, presented the board with two bids for a retaining wall that will be placed to the south of the E-911 communications tower.

Dreamscape submitted a $3,500 bid and Couch Excavation submitted a $7,500 bid for the 58-foot retaining wall. The board approved the lower bid.

The board also voted to ratify an e-mail poll that approved a $5,600 bid from Fences Unlimited for fence that will be placed around the E-911 communications tower. A second bid received from Carnahan-White Fence Company estimated the project cost at $6,325.

In other business, the Barry County E-911 Emergency Services Board:

• Heard that the security system should be installed at the operations center by Nov. 30.

• Discussed placing a security light near the operations center parking lot entrance.

• Heard that the survey and drawings have been completed for the acquisition of land that formerly belonged to the City of Cassville. The Emergency Services Board should receive the property description this week.

• Set the next monthly meeting to be held at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 18 Dreamscape submitted a $3,500 bid and Couch Excavation submitted a $7,500 bid for the 58-foot retaining wall. The board approved the lower bid.

In other business, the Barry County E-911 Emergency Services Board:

• Heard that the security system should be installed at the operations center by Nov. 30.

• Discussed placing a security light near the operations center parking lot entrance.

• Heard that the survey and drawings have been completed for the acquisition of land that formerly belonged to the City of Cassville. The Emergency Services Board should receive the property description this week.

• Set the next monthly meeting to be held at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 18



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