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April 4, 2014

E911 Authority expresses frustration

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CLAREMORE —

Hamilton said a draft of the dispatch service contract has previously been presented to the commissioners, but was tabled for further review by Commissioner (Dan) DeLozier for fear of lack of revenue (to offset operating expenses).
Hamilton said  the anticipated expenses of operating the Rogers County E911 Center are $1.2 million, from which is an annual $80,000 (estimated) payment to Motorolo for radio system services and salaries of $727,000.
“Really, it’s up to the commissioners approving the contract as to whether or not we’re able to proceed,” noted Inola Mayor Cheryl Charles. “Until we’ve got a dispatch service contract approved, this trust is basically stuck on high center — we can’t move forward.”
“Honestly, we as a board have done what the (Rogers County) commissioners have asked, and now it’s up to them,” added Jerry Smittle, Rogers County Sheriff’s Office. “We came up with a dollar amount (for dispatch service) which was fair, that everyone agreed with and now it’s up to them to make the final move — we’ve done our part.”
Hamilton said she, Puckett, and (E911 Trust) attorney James Oribson will approach Commissioner DeLozier and (county attorney) David Iski, regarding the dispatch contract and the dollar amount recommended by the trust members, after which, she is hopeful it will be approved and other agencies should be comfortable with “signing on” to Rogers County E911.

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