911 Board Remains Hopeful of Receiving Grant Funds for Phone System


Published on February 13 2018 3:34 pm
Last Updated on February 14 2018 9:51 am
Written by Greg Sapp

Effingham County 911 board members remain hopeful of receiving grant funds to pay for a Next Generation phone system.

911 System Administrator Jodi Moomaw said she partnered in the application for funds with Crawford, Cumberland, Bond and Jasper counties. The smaller counties were included because of indications they would be considered in greater need of assistance and could improve the chances of the grant being approved. Effingham County took the lead on preparing the application.

A total of $6.5 million in grant funds is available from the State. The original deadline to apply for funds was February 9, but when a provision was included that a portion of the funds could be used for telecommunicator training on the new system, the application deadline was extended to February 15.

Moomaw hopes to know whether the application is approved by the end of June.

Also Tuesday, the 911 Board:

--learned that 911's share of the cost of a new generator for the city police station will be 35%, or $32,700

--heard a presentation on the fiscal year audit from West and Company, with a vote to accept the audit planned at the March meeting

--agreed to break out the billing for radios for various departments covered by 911 so as to know what agency's radios are costing

--heard that the Altamont Police Department received grant funding for five radios that will be Starcom compatible

--learned that the addresses at seven homes now along 1125th Avenue will be changed to 965th Street, since they are along a north-south roadway, with the residents along the roadway to be notified