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Third 911 system project to begin

Dates to remember:

• Finance committee meeting, 10 a.m. Tuesday, commissioner room.

• Regular county commission meeting, 9 a.m. Thursday, 1115 Gilman Ave., Marietta.

Source: Washington County Commission Clerk.

The third of four 911 system projects approved late last year will soon be underway.

Members of the Washington County 911 Technical Advisory Committee went before the Washington County Commission last November with four projects, asking for approval to use 911 levy money for funding.

“This was hashed over in great detail by the 911 (advisory) committee,” said Commissioner David White during Thursday morning’s commission meeting.

Project 2, which consisted of a Motorola MC7500 Dispatch Console for $64,000, was mostly finished in early July, said Major Troy Hawkins of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. The console was to update the third dispatch position at the sheriff’s office.

“There were a couple of minor issues with an antenna on the building that still needs to be finished,” Hawkins said. “That delayed (the project) several months.”

Project 4 is also finished, said Advisory Committee Chair Lt. Chris Chesar. This project was a reimbursement to the three public safety access points for required software updates and computer replacements at a cost of $5,567.

During Thursday’s commission meeting, the advisory committee requested approval on equipment quotes for Project 1.

The quotes were for internet service with CAS Cable for $150 per month, as well as two quotes from Alphalink Technologies for two sets of 911 backup servers for a total of $64,778.

This project, which will cost an estimated $106,949, will be for a backup temporary dispatch acenter located in the Emergency Operations Center on Davis Avenue.

Chesar said last November the temporary backup would be for all three public safety access points, including the Belpre Police Department, Marietta Police Department and the sheriff’s office.

He said the advisory committee would like to have a two-part dispatch center there, where at least two dispatchers could be working at the same time.

Chesar said this was just one part of the first project.

“We’re trying to do it in phases to get it complete,” he said. “With COVID, it has put the brakes on everything.”

He said they are currently working on Project 3, which is ProQA Emergency Medical Dispatch software, with a goal of getting priority dispatching in the Belpre Police Department and the sheriff’s office. The cost for this project is $64,072.

In other commission news:

• Karl Comstock, director of buildings and grounds, told commissioners repair work on the courthouse steps has started. The bid was awarded in July 2019 to MidState Contractors of Marion at a cost of $83,688. The work is designed to restore and preserve the stairs.

• Mike Montgomery, treasurer of the Humane Society of the Ohio Valley, provided a monthly update for the board of commissioners. Since the last update, 38 cats and 24 dogs have been adopted. Some 22 cats and one dog were released to foster care, while eight dogs were sent to another rescue organization for re-homing.

The shelter is looking for part-time and full-time employees. Montgomery said they will earn minimum wage for the first 60 days and most of the employees are making $9.20 an hour. There is a possibility of pay raises after the first of the year.

He said the outstanding bill with Avet has been paid, which was the last veterinary clinic to be paid up to current.

“We’re in good shape for the next few months,” Montgomery said.

The shelter is in need of items including Purina canned dog food, laundry detergent and bleach.

The board hopes to get fans repaired in the next year for better ventilation and they are adding dusk to dawn lights in the parking lot.

• David Browne, executive director of the Washington County Behavioral Health Board, said he had taken the Southeast Ohio Broadband Cooperative speed test and urged others at the meeting to do the same. He said he had taken the test on his computer in the morning and it showed a different result than later in the day, so he advised that people should wait to take the test until later in the day so show how the speed slows down the more people are connected.

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Michele Newbanks can be reached at mnewbanks@mariettatimes.com.

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