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Carroll County's 'Next Gen' 911 system heads into final stages

By SARA KLEIN sklein@the-review.com Published: May 4, 2017 12:00 AM

Carroll County's "Next Generation" 911 emergency dispatch system is expected to be operational this year, Board of Commissioners Vice President Robert Wirkner stated at the board's April 27 meeting.

Wirkner said $50,000 that the board of commissioners allocated for computer-aided-dispatch modules would be used in the coming weeks as dispatchers in the county sheriff's department move through training to use the equipment.

The county has been developing its own infrastructure and technological upgrades to host Next Generation since 2015 as part of a pilot project for the state, which will eventually mandate that all counties host the system.

Carroll County is one of several counties selected for the pilot program. As part of the program, the county has been responsible for choosing its own technology vendors, infrastructure and upgrades with the goal of hosting Next Generation.

According to Wirkner, the state will choose from counties' different pilot systems to determine a finalist system that will be used for all of Ohio's counties.

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Next Generation 911 combines mapping software with information about emergency response agencies, territories covered by different agencies, residential and business addresses within those territories, and more with the technological capability to process emergency calls from cell phones, text messages and traditional phone lines. Wirkner said computer-aided-dispatch modules and software will facilitate dispatchers' use of the system.

When operational, the county's system will be able to share 911-related information with the State of Ohio Computer Center in Columbus. Wirkner said eventual plans are to combine all counties, and then all states in the U.S., in one 911 system.

"Local problems can be responded to outside of the area of impact. You can have a whole state impacted by an event, and then the other states can help," he explained.

The actual roll-out date for Carroll County's system depends on how quickly the county's telecommunications vendor, Frontier, can set up a system to share 911 data between the sheriff's department, which is the county's 911 central office, and the Columbus SOCC.

"We're now at the mercy of outside forces, so I can't give you an idea other than I fully anticipate that it will be within this calendar year that we're up and running," said Wirkner.

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In other business at meetings of April 27 and May 1, the board:

AGREED to discuss other resources for borrowing funds to support the Northern Corridor water and sewer project after gathering additional information about funding.

HEARD the County Dog Pound report for April 23 29: two dogs impounded, five adopted, one redeemed, none euthanized, 24 citations for no license and no citations for running at large.

APPROVED an addendum extending the dates of a contract with Lykins Energy Solutions, which will provide gasoline for the county engineer's office until April 30, 2018.

APPROVED a contract with Bridges Excavating, of Urichsville, for $325 per site to perform test hole and pit excavation for the county's septic repair and replacement program at residences on Steubenville, Roswell and Gallo roads.

APPROVED a contract with Hawkhaven LLC, of Wooster, for $550 per site for soil evaluation for the septic program at residences on Steubenville, Roswell and Gallo roads.

ACCEPTED a bid of $27,221 from Kovarik for the installation of two septic systems and a bid of $34,920 from Dayton for the installation of three septic systems in the county.

TABLED a discussion about whether to change county policy regarding types of health insurance coverage that should be used when both spouses in a family are employees of the county.


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