Centre commissioners hear report on new 911 system|
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
By Terry Whetstone Staff Writer
BELLEFONTE - The Centre County Commissioners held an election day meeting yesterday and heard a report on the new 911 system and where it stands today.
Dan Tancibok, Gene Lauri and Chris Kelly were on hand to give the presentation on the $18 million project. Lauri said the new system will see 19 towers, up from 13, and the existing sites have been reconditioned. Two of the towers being used are from neighboring counties. One is in Kylertown, Clearfield County, and the other is in Blair County, near Bald Eagle.
New consoles have been installed at the new 911 center, which was built on the first floor of the Willowbank Building. The new system was built with redundance in mind. Lauri said if one tower site goes down, the system will still work.
Kelly, engineer with Mission Critical Engineering, said the system was tested across the county and there is only about 10 percent of the county not covered and Commissioner Chris Exarchos said that 10 percent is game lands or forest areas. All populated areas are covered.
Exarchos said if there were a road or even a path to get a vehicle into an area, they went down that path.
"Two vehicles have to be repaired from areas they went into," he said. "And others have to be towed out because they got stuck."
Tancibok, the director of the 911 center, said in the Philipsburg area Philipsburg Fire Department, Moshannon Valley Emergency Medical Services and Sandy Ridge Fire and EMS cover Clearfield County.
"They're covered well now," he said.
He figures the beginning of December they will start switching companies over from the old system to the new, trunk system. He said aside from the new trunk system there is a new ambulance paging system that's going on line.
The commissioners said the project went smoother than they expected.
The commissioners also recognized Travis Park, who was honored for his work with the Crisis Intervention Team. He's a member of the Ferguson Township Police Department.
The commissioners approved a grant for adult services for the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency to fund the CIT project in Centre County. The grant total is $75,000 and there is no match.
In other business, the commissioners:
• approved the 2014 meeting schedules and holiday schedules.
• accepted an agreement with Centre Care Inc. to have the nursing home reimburse the county for the health insurance premiums.
• renewed a contract with LexisNexis to provide legal research materials for inmates to do research on their cases. The program takes the place of the library books the prison used to have.
• approved Linda Marshall as the senior planner for the Centre County Housing and Land Trust. She will give the trust 15 hours of time each week.
• approved numerous children and youth service contracts.