911 system upgrade complete

By Peggy Mackenzie

With only three items on their Monday morning meeting agenda, the Greenbrier County Commission addressed the first two with signatures authorizing the delinquent real estate tax list and a resolution for the WV Development Office grant for a PSD #2 contract for the Sam Black water line extension.

911 Executive Director Al Whitaker was tasked with the third item, and requested authorization to release funds for the purchase of new equipment and to upgrade the outdated 911 phone system. The upgrade and installation project was done by Frontier Communications. The cost for the entire telephone system upgrade and equipment comes to $405,909.58, Whitaker said. Still pending is the capability of the 911 Center to receive emergency calls through text messages. Whitaker said text messages are valuable for those who have a limited cell phone signal or in a domestic violence situation when the person is afraid to be heard speaking on the phone.

The brief Monday morning meeting was preceded by a swearing in ceremony performed by commission President Michael McClung welcoming Billy Mitchell, Jr. as deputy sheriff with the Greenbrier County Sheriff’s Department.

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