Commissioners plan to ‘patch’ 911 system together until Next Gen moves into place

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By Nancy Schaar FPS Correspondent

Work continues on updates which will be required for the 911 system, called Next Gen, according to Commissioner Bob Wirkner.  Wirkner updated fellow commissioners Jeff Ohler and Tom White on the project last Thursday. The new system will be mandated in the near future by the state and the county will have to have the equipment ready to go.  Wirkner traveled to Morgan County, which is already Next Gen compliant, and learned Morgan County’s old system is a match to the current Carroll County system.

Morgan County is in agreement that Carroll County may have parts from their old system as they are needed to keep it operating until the Next Gen system is in place. “The equipment we have now is at the end of its life.  We hope to keep our system going until next year,” said Wirkner. The county’s back up Public Safety Answering Point is not operational at this time, according to Wirkner. Susie Frew from the county health department presented commissioners updates regarding the county’s 2016 County Employees Benefits Consortium of Ohio wellness incentive.  Frew reported 32.9% of all county employees have completed the assessment for health risk and health screening assessments so far this year. When employees complete the entire 150 point program, CEBCO will pay them $100.  The county must be at 40% by Sept. 30 to meet the requirements. For 2016, CEBCO plans to increase the points to 300 but each category completed would be changed to higher points.  The new plan will also pay $150 for each employee that completes the assessment. This plan is Tier II. Commissioners voted to change the requirements to the Tier II plan and agreed to pay the bonus money to county employee’s spouses for 2016. Frew said the health department is at 80% participation but some county departments do not participate at all. An advisement was received from Helicopter Minit-Men noting they will be using helicopters and a truck with spraying equipment to spray herbicide along the transmission right of way in Center Township.  Commissioners didn’t understand why the notice was received in the middle of August when it stated spraying would begin in May and end in September. In other business commissioners: – AGREED to terminate a contract with Summit IT Solutions Sept. 30, 2015. – DECIDED not to renew a contract with AEP Energy that will end in September.  New quotes are being received for electric contracts now. – AUTHORIZED installation of a new recording system for the commissioners board room.  The current system is outdated and cannot be updated or supported.  A quote from BIS Digital was approved for $3,975. – HIRED Joshua Long as the assistant dog warden at $13 per hour.  Long will work a 40-hour week and will begin immediately.  Long will serve a six-month probationary period and will be reviewed for performance and a raise following that period. – ACCEPTED a quote from Robert Kintigh for $1,067 for a 2006 Goshen Pacer Bus and $1,501 for a 2002 diesel bus.  Both vehicles were no longer needed for the county transit system. – APPROVED quotes from Trbovich Trucking and Excavating of Waynesburg for the dog pound ditch project. Trbovich submitted a bid of $7,250.  The project will begin the first week of September.– ANNOUNCED county employees will be permitted to park at the Rosebud Mining lot at no charge while work is done on the parking lot located adjacent to the prosecutors office beginning Aug. 31. – APPROVED a contract with TNT Construction to seal and stripe the parking lot at Carroll County transit. – ANNOUNCED Monroe Township trustees will begin paving Lombardy Rd. in about two weeks. Residents brought issues about the road condition to county commissioners seeking a resolution. – MET in executive session with Tait Carter, assistant economic development director; Ralph Castelucci, superintendent of Carroll County Envivonmental; and Fairmont Tool officials regarding the Northern Corridor project. – RECEIVED the weekly dog pound report showing eight dogs impounded, six tagged, three redeemed and two citations issued.