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The Hancock County commission on Thursday approved a contract with Lauttamus Communications for the second phase of its planned 911 system upgrades. Among those in attendance were Commissioners Paul Cowey and Eron Chek. Commissioner Jeff Davis participated by telephone. (Photo by Craig Howell)

NEW CUMBERLAND – The Hancock County Commission on Thursday took the next step in a project that will update the county’s 911 system.

The committee voted 3-0 to approve a contract with Lauttamus Communications and Security for the purchase of a 911 radio console system, next generation 911 CPE telephone system with Text to 911 integration.

The total cost of what has been designated Phase 2 of the project is $ 1,249,043.30.

Mike Lucas, legal counsel to the commission, explained that he had discussed the proposal with Jeremy Ober, director of emergency management.

“What you have in front of you is basically the only qualified offer”, Lucas said, explaining that another proposal had been received but did not meet the specifications for the offer set by the commission.

Commission Chairman Paul Cowey explained that funding for the project comes from a $ 2.73 million grant from Governor Jim Justice, which was awarded in December through the use of federal funds from the Act. CARES.

“We will have a lot of options for quality and technology” said Commissioner Eron Chek.

Cowey thanked Ober, Lucas and Gerard Walsh, director of the county’s office of technology, facilities and operations, for their work on the project.

“It will help us to move forward, not to retreat” said Cowey.

In other cases, the committee:

¯ Apply for $ 5,000 for the Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council

¯ Appointed Walsh to the Hancock County Parks and Recreation Council

¯ Agreed to rescind a resignation letter for the Mallory Markowicz Park Board of Directors, who have decided to remain on the Board of Directors.

¯ Approval of a provider agreement on behalf of the mediation services for minors

¯ Approved the hiring of Maurice Tucker, Kayla Duffy and Lory Carrington as full-time 911 dispatchers, effective Saturday

¯ Approved Natasha Obarski’s resignation as full-time dispatcher, effective Friday, and for Obarski to remain as part-time dispatcher.

¯ I agreed to hire Zachary Menough as a part-time Animal Care Technician for the County Animal Shelter

¯ Agreed to refer a hearing for the resignation of an executive to the trustee.

The commission also heard from Carole Scheerbaum, who announced that she would be retiring as a WVU extension agent in Hancock County at the end of the month.

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