County creates 9-1-1 board

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By Robin Bass

Spencer County Fiscal Court will be getting a little expert advice when it comes to making decisions about emergency communication services.

Magistrates approved the creation of a 9-1-1 Advisory Board Monday. The last time a similar committee existed was nearly 20 years ago.

On the recommendation of Magistrates John Riley and Hobert Judd, fiscal court approved the 9-1-1 Advisory Board’s make-up and a list of duties that include evaluating the current dispatch service, communications equipment and making suggestions for improvement.

The four voting board members will include the Spencer County sheriff, Taylorsville police chief, Kentucky State Police Post 12 commander (or designee) and the Spencer County Emergency Services director. All board members will be based on their appointed or elected positions, rather than individuals, and will be automatically placed on – or taken off – the advisory board depending on the position held.

Non-voting members will include the Taylorsville-Spencer County Fire chief and the Mt. Eden Fire District chief.

Riley said the reason the board is heavily weighted with law enforcement officials is so that Spencer County would be in compliance with federal NCIC (National Crime Information Center) standards. In the event the county choses to operate dispatch, they will need to meet federal standards in order to qualify for certification and direct access to the NCIC system.

While having no power to make financial decisions, the advisory board will have the ear of fiscal court and city commissioners by providing – at minimum – annual reports on needed additions and improvements.

Other duties will include:

• Evaluating the current emergency communication system and determine strengths and weaknesses.

• Analyze growth trends and project future needs.

• Maintain an inventory of communication equipment, as well as maintenance and testing schedules.

• Create and maintain a list of amateur radio operators with FCC licenses that can be used as civilian volunteers in case of emergency.

• Assist in the training of amateur radio operators.

In other fiscal court news:

Spencer County Fair Board President Dwight Martin reported that the fairgrounds earned $7,000 more in 2009 despite the lower than average fair attendance.

“A lot of it has to do with the mud bogs. Those are good money makers,” said Martin.

In 2008, fair revenues totaled $123,000 while expenses rose to $128,000. This year, fair revenues jumped to $130,000 and expenses were held at $114,000.

Martin said his hopes are to use some of the revenue toward a matching grant with the Kentucky Fair Council. If the $128,000 grant is awarded to Spencer County, the fair board plans to renovate the exhibit hall with HVAC, insulation, new electric, bathrooms, storage and a kitchen.

Recipients of the grant should be announced in January.

• Fiscal court approved to spend up to $1,600 toward Christmas food baskets for the needy. The measure was passed 3 -2 with Magistrates Judd and Riley voting no.

• A motion was passed unanimously to hire up to five temporary laborers to move debris along dump sites on Haley Road and Brashears Creek Road.

Magistrates approved to amend a water project to include more residents on Martin Lane. The change could cost more than $19,000.

• Court approved to amend the Phase IV water project contract with HMB. The new price for services shall not exceed $40,000.

• Sandi Deutsch and Alex Shelley were appointed to the Spencer County Extension Council.