The Cole County Fee on Wednesday authorised a request from Cole County Sheriff John Wheeler to pay for the county’s portion of funding an improve on the Jefferson Metropolis Police Division’s 911 Heart.
In January, the fee deliberate to make use of $75,154 in Coronavirus Help, Aid and Financial Safety Act funds for an improve of the 911 mapping system by Solacom Applied sciences Inc., of Canada. Wheeler mentioned the system would permit his officers to see from the place calls are coming.
In June, JCPD officers introduced they have been contemplating altering their service from Solacom as a result of the division was having points with the corporate’s customer support.
Wheeler informed the County Fee on Wednesday that town plans to modify to an organization named Intrado when its contract with Solacom expires in
November. Jefferson Metropolis has used Solacom for six years.
Wheeler informed commissioners the overall price with the brand new supplier can be $430,338. Because the Jefferson Metropolis 911 name middle companies all of Cole County for police, fireplace and EMS, the county would pay 25 p.c of the expense or $107,559.
Wheeler mentioned he didn’t wish to maintain up the method of getting Intrado introduced in so he instructed the county’s portion could possibly be paid out of his division’s contingency fund. He added it is likely to be potential to get that cash reimbursed by the federal American Rescue Plan for COVID-19 pandemic aid wants.
Auditor Kristen Berhorst mentioned it could be greatest to have the county’s aid funds adviser, BKD Accounting in Springfield, ensure that this could qualify for ARP cash. If it did, it could be the primary ARP funds for use by the county.
Cole County acquired its first half of the cash from ARP in June when it acquired greater than $7.5 million. The present estimate on the overall ARP funding the county can be getting was $14.8 million.
“The CARES funding we had despatched to town for Solacom must be returned to us,” Berhorst mentioned. “We’ve got talked to the state, and they will open up one other reporting interval for circumstances like this as a result of we’re not the one entity that has had this challenge.”
JCPD officers mentioned Intrado can be the final piece in making the 911 middle extra related with others within the space.
Boone County makes use of Intrado. If Intrado offers companies at Jefferson Metropolis, Boone County — which makes use of Intrado at the moment — might ship its 911 operators to Jefferson Metropolis if the Boone County system went down. These 911 operators might log in with their credentials, and settle for and direct Boone County officers.
The system would work in reverse if Jefferson Metropolis operators wanted to go to Boone County. Moniteau and Gasconade counties additionally use Intrado.
Intrado presents a text-to-911 service, which the Jefferson Metropolis middle has been working to roll out. A part of the delay with that effort, introduced in 2019, has been making communication work with Solacom, JCPD officers mentioned.
Earlier than transferring ahead with the plan, it’ll want approval from the Jefferson Metropolis Council Committee on Public Security earlier than going to the complete Metropolis Council.