E911 committee gets update on progress

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By Stephen Lega

Marion County is working toward acquiring enhanced 911 services at a time that will allow the county to take advantage of cost-saving technology.
Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly discussed the county’s progress during the Lebanon/Marion County E911 Advisory Committee meeting on Aug. 7. The meeting included state and local officials and representatives from the Lincoln Trail Area Development District and Mapsync.
Marion County plans to connect to the Central Kentucky 911 Network, which is based in Fayette County. By doing so, the county will save on equipment costs and share its ongoing expenses with the other counties in the network. As of July, 11 counties were already part of the network.
Before Marion County can join the network, however, it must complete a geospatial audit.
The next step in that process is verifying addresses. As part of that, the Marion County Fiscal Court could approve an ordinance that will result in hundreds of county residents to be assigned new addresses for the sake of the E911 system. That ordinance could be on the agenda for the court’s meeting at 4 p.m. Aug. 15.
The county has benefitted from a $120,000 reimbursement grant from the Kentucky Commercial Mobile Radio Services and Emergency Telecommunications to cover its mapping and verification expenses. The county has also been approved for $120,000 to implement E911, including equipment, hardware and software, according to Mattingly.
Lincoln Trail and Mapsync are assisting the county in preparing its mapping, which will be presented to Windsteam for the audit. Once Windstream conducts an audit of the information and finds it at least 98 percent accurate, the county will be eligible to receive E911 funds that are collected from cell phones in the county. At this time those funds go to the Kentucky State Police.
Mattingly said the county would receive an estimated $115,000 annually from cell phone 911 fees once it passes the audit. Mattingly estimated that the county’s monthly costs to operate and maintain E911 would be around $5,000 per month, or around $60,000 per year.