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Organization of Monett 911 board under review

Friday, January 4, 2013

The Monett 911 Advisory Board will undergo a review of the positions in the coming weeks.

At the quarterly meeting of the panel, Monett Fire Chief Tom Jones resigned his position to avoid a conflict of interest following Jones' election to the Barry County Emergency Services Board.

Organized in 1991, the board was initially established to represent the various areas served by the 235 exchange. The territory changed when the Barry County system absorbed service for the phone customers south of Monett.

Bonnie Witt-Schulte, dispatching supervisor, said a full review of the board is in order following 20 years of operation. If Jones is determined to be a representative for the Monett Fire Department, then another firefighter will be appointed as his successor.

Witt-Schulte discussed operations with board members. A new recording system has been purchased from Voice Products International. Parts and service were no longer available on the old system. Replacement of the old system was included in the annual budget. With the configuration order completed, Witt-Schulte said Voice Products will complete programming and install the unit around mid-January, 2013.

Legislative initiatives have begun on the state level. Witt-Schulte said during a state conference of 911 service providers, it was reported efforts will be made to pass a law assessing a fee on pre-paid devices to pay for 911 costs.

All of the 911 entities in the state have combined their resources to hire the same lobbyist. The groups are hopeful, with further support for emergency services providers, that progress can result in funding gains. Witt-Schulte said counties across the state have set up their 911 operations differently. Legislation will likely allow each county to go to the voters to seek support for 911 service.

It is also likely that mandatory 911 training requirements will go into effect in the coming year. Witt-Schulte said Monett has already adopted regular ongoing education. The state standard sought would be similar to requirements through the Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST), where a set number of continuing education hours are required every three years.

A technology committee has been established by the 911 services. Witt-Schulte said the committee will look at sharing 911 trunks as a way to consolidate resources and save expenses.

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