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Hancock County moving ahead on 911 upgrades

The Hancock County Commission Thursday approved a contract with Lauttamus Communications for the second phase of its planned 911 system upgrades. Among those on hand for the meeting were Commissioners Paul Cowey and Eron Chek. Commissioner Jeff Davis participated by phone. (Photo by Craig Howell)

NEW CUMBERLAND — The Hancock County Commission Thursday took the next step on a project which will update the county’s 911 system.

The commission voted 3-0 to approved a contract with Lauttamus Communications and Security for the purchase of a 911 Radio Console System, Next Generation 911 CPE Telephony System with Text to 911 Integration.

The total cost for what has been designated Phase 2 of the project is listed at $1,249,043.30.

Mike Lucas, legal counsel for the commission, explained he had reviewed the proposal with Jeremy Ober, director of emergency management.

“What you have before you is basically the only qualified bid,” Lucas said, explaining another proposal had been received but it had not met the bid specifications set by the commission.

Commission President Paul Cowey explained the funding for the project is being provided through a $2.73 million grant from Gov. Jim Justice, which was awarded in December through the use of federal CARES Act funds.

“We’ll have a lot of options for quality and technology,” Commissioner Eron Chek said.

Cowey offered his thanks to Ober, Lucas and Gerard Walsh, director of the county’s Office of Technology, Facilities and Operations, for their work on the project.

“It will help us move forward, not backward,” Cowey said.

In other business, the commission:

¯ Made a matter of record a request for $5,000 for the Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council

¯ Appointed Walsh to the Hancock County Parks and Recreation Board

¯ Agreed to void a letter of resignation for the park board from Mallory Markowicz, who has decided to remain on the board.

¯ Approved a provider agreement on behalf of Juvenile Mediation Services

¯ Approved the hiring of Maurice Tucker, Kayla Duffy and Lory Carrington as full-time 911 dispatchers, effective Saturday

¯ Approved the resignation of Natasha Obarski as a full-time dispatcher, effective Friday, and to have Obarski remain as a part-time dispatcher.

¯ Agreed to hire Zachary Menough as a part-time animal care technician for the county animal shelter

¯ Agreed to refer a hearing for the resignation of an executrix to the fiduciary commissioner.

The commission also heard from Carole Scheerbaum, who announced she will be retiring as WVU Extension agent in Hancock County at the end of the month.

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