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E-911 gets one step closer to becoming reality

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By Stephen Lega

The Marion County Fiscal Court on Oct. 4 voted 3-0 to approve the by-laws for the Lebanon/Marion County E-911 Advisory Committee. Magistrates John Arthur Elder III and Larry Caldwell were not present for that vote, although Elder did arrive later in the meeting.

The by-laws specify that the committee will make recommendations to the fiscal court about the E-911 expenditures.

The by-laws also list the members of the committee as Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly, Lebanon Mayor Gary Crenshaw, Magistrate Caldwell, Lebanon Councilman Jerry Abell, Marion County Emergency Management Director Hayden Johnson, Marion County Sheriff Jimmy Clements, Lebanon Police Chief Wally Brady, Lebanon Fire Chief Ricky Mattingly, EMS Director Robbie Turner, Rescue Squad Chief Troy Hamilton, citizen-at-large Sharon Browning, and two other citizens-at-large to be appointed by the county judge and the mayor.

The by-laws note that the committee will begin meeting in August of 2013. During the first meeting, the committee will elect a chairperson and a vice-chairperson.

During the same meeting, the court authorized spending up to $800 each for two laptops to assist with the mapping that needs to be completed before E-911 can be implemented.

In other business:

- The court approved the first reading of an amendment to the 2012-13 budget. This amendment adds $300,000 in revenue for discretionary road funds. County Treasurer Kevin Cochran said these funds will be used for blacktopping roads.

- The court postponed decisions about a lease agreement with the Marion County Historical Society, a request for funds for the Generation Gap's Christmas for Kids program and a security system contract. The county also postponed a decision about funds for safety and state compliance for Loretto Child Care Center until the Loretto City Commission makes its own funding decision.

- The court voted in favor of letting Mattingly use $1,200 from his general welfare funds for a public reception to be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Marion County Judicial Center. The reception will highlight the artwork on display in the judicial center.