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Tower lease okayed

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The Barry County E-911 Emergency Services Board approved a tower lease agreement at its quarterly meeting on March 22.

The tower lease agreement allows the emergency services board to place antennaes and transmitters on the KAMO tower located west of Cassville.

"According to the lease agreement, KAMO is going to let us use the tower at no charge," said Bill Shiveley, board chairman. "We will have 24-hour accompanied access. We have also received keys to the site, so that we will not have to wait for someone to come out if we need to make a repair."

The term of the lease agreement is five years. KAMO will contact the emergency services board when there is six months remaining on the lease to discuss a renewal agreement.

Over the last year, the emergency services board also approved the installation of antennaes and repeaters at Sugar Camp near Roaring River and at Butterfield. The new equipment was installed to improve communication between rural fire departments and the E-911 operations center.

"The north fire repeater, which is located at George's feed mill and is presently servicing the Wheaton Fire Department, was having problems with the power supply," said Pat Leighter, E-911 director. "When the motors in the mill would turn on, it caused a power drop, which in turn tripped the breakers on the repeater and shut it down."

A line conditioner, which regulates the power to the repeater, was installed on March 16. Leighter said that no additional problems were reported after the new conditioner was installed.

Smith 2Way, which was hired to improve Barry County's E-911 radio system, has also been working with the Washburn and Seligman fire departments to improve communication in that portion of the county, said Leighter.

In other business, the Barry County E-911 Emergency Services Board:

* Received a clean audit report from CPA Group.

* Heard that Barry County E-911 handled 26,318 calls between Nov. 1, 2009, and Jan. 31.

* Scheduled the next quarterly board meeting to be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, June 28.

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