By Patty Rice Groth
The Crawford County Board of Commissioners acted on a recommendation of the county Emergency Management Agency to make improvements to the county-wide 9-1-1 service.
Because Century Link, the county’s previous provider, is no longer able to provide Ethernet service for the county-wide 9-1-1 system, a new contract was approved with TW Telecommunications, Littleton, Colorado, to provide the same services at a cost of $1,939.39 per month. Additional equipment needed to provide the services include four new routers at a cost of $4,136.92 each and six min-tower computers. Three towers will be located at the Crawford County Sheriff’s office at a cost of $13,194 and three will be located at municipal police departments at a cost of $9,900.
The commissioners also voted to approve a new device monitoring system for the county-wide 9-1-1 service. Installation of software and equipment will cost $400 with continuing service at $400 monthly.
Responding to recommendations from the Crawford County Data Processing Board, county commissioners approved the purchase of two new Dell laptop computers, each equipped with the Microsoft© Office Professional© suite of software. These computers are to be used by the county prosecutor’s office.
The same board recommended upgrades to the time clock system used at the Job and Family Services office. The upgrades were approved at a cost of approximately $3,600.