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Quotes sought for 911 dispatch renovation work
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Saturday, August 10, 2013 5:00 AM
The transition to a 911 central dispatch center has moved to the renovation phase, as city of Madison and Jefferson County officials work toward funding the overhaul.
John Hendrix, director of 911 services, notified the Board of Commissioners on Friday that he is pursuing quotes for the renovation project expected to cost about $228,000.
By law, local governments must consolidate emergency answering services by Jan. 1, 2014, or risk losing all federal 911 funding - which is about $312,000 annually in Jefferson County.
The county and city already have agreed to spilt the budget and renovation costs at 55 percent to the county and 45 percent for the city. Hendrix said the joint 911 advisory board has suggested using $100,000 in available 911 funding and then dividing the remaining $128,000 in costs between the two governments.
The biggest cost associated with the renovations will be the new radio system, and ordering that might come with a three-month wait, Hendrix said.
"I think it's enough time as long as we can get the money approved," he said.
Hendrix said he hopes to present the renovation quotes at next week's City Council meeting.
Also at the meeting, the commissioners accepted a quote for $5,964 from ElectroTek for electric work on a video visitation system in the Jefferson County Jail. Commissioner Bob Little abstained from the vote. ElectroTek was the only quote submitted.
Last year the county entered into an agreement with Securus Technologies, which provides phone services for the jail, for the new video visitation system. Under the agreement, the electrical work will be the only cost to the county. The company will install the equipment for free and charge a fee for remote access. Visitors at the jail can access the service for no charge.
Sheriff John Wallace said the idea was to cut down on security risks and make visitation accessible to those who cannot visit the jail.
Once the company recovers its initial investment with the system, the county will then receive a portion of the revenue.
In other business:
Big Brothers Big Sisters' Angie Cammack requested $3,000 in funding from the county for next year. The organization conducts one-on-one mentoring for children. The money would be used toward an agency-information system, which is required from the national organization.
"As we grow we are just stressed for funding," Cammack said.
This year, Big Brothers Big Sisters has launched an initiative with local schools and industries to help address the local drop-out rate. The agency has since established two programs, one community-based and another through the schools, with Vehicle Services Group, Grote Industries and MainSource Bank.
"We're doing our part and feel we're part of the solution in the community," Cammack said.
Lifetime Resources, which provides services to senior citizens and disabled individuals and runs the local Meals On Wheels and Catch-a-Ride program, requested $20,000 in funding for next year.
Erin Catford, director of Catch-a-Ride, said the transportation service provided 38,000 trips in Jefferson County last year to about 1,000 residents.
Following the meeting, the commissioners and county officials held a groundbreaking at the 4-H fairground for the new extension office, which will house the Purdue University extension office and soil and water workers.
Poole Group of Dillsboro, Ind., will do the construction. The tentative completion date is late January or early February of next year.
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