E-911 Board approves budget

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The Barry County E-911 Emergency Services Board approved a $1,260,781.87 budget for the 2012-13 fiscal year at its regularly scheduled quarterly meeting on June 25.

According to the proposed budget presented by Mike Phillips, Barry County E-911 director, the agency will receive $1,307,100 in revenue over the next year.

Total revenue includes $1,300,000 in sales tax revenue. Other revenue will come from interest, petty cash and map, signs and restitution income.

The following expenses have been budgeted for 2012-13: $613,250, payroll; $10,000, training; $9,500, supplies; $10,500, insurance; $21,000, sign installation; $14,100, board and executives; $1,850, advertising; $43,600, professional services, such as accounting, consulting, drug testing, legal and outside contract fees; $11,750, utilities; $51,500, communication; $42,000, equipment; $4,250, vehicle; $12,250, facility; $65,000, maintenance agreements; and $1,500, miscellaneous.

A total of $100,000 will be placed in escrow for the Monett TIF, and the Wells Fargo loan payment will be $198,731.87. Phillips also earmarked $20,000 for contingency or capital improvements and $30,000 for the LAGERS retirement plan.

Revenue over expenses next year will be $46,318.13. The agency also has a $39,011.44 credit with Wells Fargo. This will provide a $85,329.57 balance for carry over into the 2013-14 fiscal year.

The emergency services board also reviewed Phillips' director's report during the meeting.

"I am happy to report that roof leaks have been fixed," said Phillips. "We have not received any other leaks and as it looks, everything is fixed.

"Barry Electric has repaired our parking lot lights, and Tucker Electric replaced a photocell on top of the building for the parking lot lights and have donated their time," added Phillips.

The new radio system that complies with the state wide narrow banding requirements will be installed at the Barry County E-911 Operations Center in July. The new system will give the local E-911 agency access to agencies across the state, including federal agencies in the event of a major incident or disaster.

"The radio system that the sheriff's office and Cassville Police Department are switching over to is similar, and they should have equipment installed in July or August," said Phillips. "This will be the same time that our equipment will be installed."

Smith 2 Way is also working to update area storm sirens and frequencies. The update should be completed by the end of the summer.

Phillips also reported that he has completed the MULES certification course. The Missouri State Highway Patrol, the FBI and NCIC recently transfered the MULES training requirement from county sheriffs to county 911 directors. All directors must take part in 40 hours of MULES training every two years.

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

* Reviewed call statistics, which showed that the E-911 center handled 9,446 calls in March, 9,180 calls in April and 9,697 calls in May.

* Heard that local businesses have been receiving letters from the state offering information on the sales tax rate change, which will become effective July 1.

* Received an update on mapping and addressing.

* Heard that Barry County E-911 participated in the South Barry County Relay For Life. The team raised $2,004 for the American Cancer Society.

* Set the next meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 26.

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