Monett approves purchase of 5 new radio consoles

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

3 consoles will transfer to Lawrence County E-911

Monett commissioners have given approval to purchase five new Zetron communication consoles for the Monett-Lawrence County 911 Center to replace Zetron 4000 series installed in 2006, which have exceeded their life expectancy.

“We are unable to acquire parts for our system, but we have acquired parts from other agencies that have retired their systems,” said Bonnie Witt Schulte, 911 Monett-Lawrence County director. “The proposals we sought for replacing these units is compatible with other agencies and will allow for regionalization projects in the future.”

Cost of the units and additional equipment upgrades is $393,901.36. They are purchased through the National Association of State Procurement Officials, which caps the price on needed equipment and vehicles for municipal and governmental entities.

The dispatch center in Monett currently serves the majority of Lawrence County dispatching for police, fire, ambulance and other emergency responders.

Witt-Schulte assured commissioners the equipment was capable of integrating dispatching services for Marionville Fire Department and Aurora Rural Fire Department, who have requested the Monett-Lawrence County center take over communications and dispatching for their entities. They were formerly dispatched from the Aurora-Marionville call center.

Commissioners approved the purchase on a three-year purchase agreement.

In other news, Commissioners approved appointing Mike Wallace to another four-year term on the planning and zoning commission, and Dale Ellis to another four-year term on the Building Board.

Commissioners also renewed a mutual aid agreement between the Monett Police Department and the Barry County Sheriff’s Office, and police departments in Aurora, Mt. Vernon, Cassville, Pierce City and Purdy. A similar agreement was made earlier this year with the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department.

Further business included:

• An agreement with the Southwest Missouri Water request to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for reallocation of water storage fro Stockton Lake for regional use in southwest Missouri.

• A change order through Branco Enterprises for clarifier repairs at the wastewater treatment plant in the amount of $1,979.61, where the controller switch would be relocated to an interior room, similar to other controls at the plant.

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