Dispatchers returning to 911

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

On Monday, the Barry County Emergency Services E-911 Board heard that Mike Phillips, Barry County E-911 director, is accepting applications to fill one of the vacant dispatching positions.

"This is for one position," Phillips said. "The other positions we lost due to budget cuts will be replaced in next year's budget."

Those replacements have been made possible after Barry County voters passed a one-eighth of a cent emergency services tax in February. That tax is expected to generate approximately $425,000 to $450,000 annually, giving the Barry County E911 Center an operating budget of nearly $1.3 million.

In other business, Phillips requested a special bank account be dedicated to building payments for the Barry County E-911 Center.

"We could allocate $15,000 a month from the sales tax revenue to this account," Phillips said. "With the passing of the sales tax and that revenue being disbursed in September, this will allow us to become fully operational and have funds available to set aside for the bi-annual building payments. It makes it easier for bookkeeping."

Board members also heard that there are still mapping concerns for various cities in the county.

"We are working with the City of Cassville on their addressing and boundaries," Phillips said. "They are in the process of doing audits, and we expect to have their data cleaned up by the end of the year."

Board member Mike Redshaw asked if the issues with the City of Purdy had been ironed out.

"No," Phillips replied. "Russ (Nichols, Purdy patrolman) turned in some of the information, but he did it wrong. We are going to have to work with them on that."

Phillips also informed the board that he was in talks with David Compton, Barry County Emergency Management director, about providing office space for the Barry County Office of Emergency Management at the E-911 Center.

"That would be better for us," Phillips said. "It would be beneficial to all agencies in Barry County to have one agency to call in the event of an emergency. The emergency operations center could be established here.

"I am waiting to hear back from Dave," Phillips continued, "but the (Barry) County Commission is in favor of the move."

On other action, the Barry County Emergency Services Board:

* Added Phillips to check signature card.

* Updated paperwork on tax exempt forms for the center.

* Reviewed and approved the quarterly financial report.

* Discussed building maintenance.

The next meeting for the Barry County E-911 Board has been set for 6:30 p.m. on Monday, June 25, at the center, located at 4011 Main St. in Cassville.

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