E-911 Board approves several expenditures

Thursday, August 28, 2008

The Barry County E-911 Emergency Services Board approved several expenditures at its regularly scheduled meeting on Aug. 25.

Mike Phillips, Barry County E-911 GIS technician, recommended the board purchase a map plotter to make maps for emergency personnel, delivery services and other individuals who live and work in the county. According to Phillips, it will cost close to $5,000 to print 1,000 maps for the county.

"We could purchase a plotter for around the same amount of money," said Phillips.

The board authorized Phillips to gather prices and other information on a variety of map plotters available at Springfield Blue Print. The information will be submitted to the board for approval.

In July, 10,258 phone calls were processed through the Barry County E-911 Operations Center. Over 1,000 of the calls were processed for the Barry County Sheriff's Department.

Calls were also processed for the Cassville, Exeter, Washburn, Wheaton, Purdy, Seligman and Butterfield police departments, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Missouri Water Patrol, the Missouri Department of Conservation and various first responders and fire departments.

"Due to the high volume of phone calls in dispatch, I have ordered an additional three phone lines," said Pat Leighter, Barry County E-911 director. "The InterAct cost for the line cards, including installation, is $3,536."

Leighter asked for permission to order the equipment necessary to add the three phone lines to the dispatching system. The board approved the request.

Leighter also requested permission to send three employees to the one-day NENA (National Emergency Number Association) Conference that will be held at the Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach on Oct. 15. Registration for the event will be $170 and room costs will total $170 for three people.

The board voted to approve the expenditure and authorize three employees to attend the conference.

The board also received a list of individuals who have announced candidacy for the emergency services board member seats that will open this year.

Incumbent board members Harold Schelin and Bob Lombard will seek re-election for the northern district. They will be challenged by Purdy Fire Chief Mike Redshaw.

Several candidates will campaign for the two southern district seats that will be vacated by Ron Shook and Jon Horner this year. Neither Shook nor Horner is seeking re-election.

Candidates who have filed for the southern district seats are Steve McClure, Charles Britton, Marvin Henningson, Richard Asbill, Jeremy Johnston, Mae Retta Condray and David Dalton.

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

* Heard that the operations center will be featured in an upcoming issue of "Law and Order" magazine. The article will focus on Barry County's InterAct equipment and highlight facility features.

* Received an update on the county-wide radio system.

* Appointed Schelin, Shook and Leonard Witt to serve on a committee responsible for evaluating Leighter's annual job performance.

* Heard that CPA Group will conduct the emergency services board's annual audit on Sept. 10 and 11.

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