The Logan County Commission (LCC) held its regular meeting Aug. 17; in the quick meeting, the Commission heard from only one member of the public and took action mostly on grants and funding. Marilyn Crosby, director of Logan County 911 also addressed the LCC with her concerns about the proposed increase to the wireline 911 fee.
The first actions taken by the LCC involved the administration of funds from the Governor’s Community Participation Grant. The Buffalo Creek Public Service District was awarded $8,000 to purchase new equipment and the Logan County Child Advocacy Center was awarded $3,225 that will be used to purchase new office equipment.
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Libby Mays Annual Rock-a-thon was also awarded $500 by the LCC.
The proposed update of the 911 ordinance was on the agenda for the meeting. LCC president Danny Godby explained, “Last week we had a county commission special meeting concerning the 911 ordinance, and we had people from the communities come and reflect what they thought about the proposal.” Crosby was asked to address the commission with more facts surrounding the need for the increase in the wireline 911 fee.
“The main reason this is needed is because we have been operating with a deficit at the end of the fiscal period for the last few years…The..deficit last year alone was around $92,000 per year or $8,000 a month. Even with the deficits we were able to operate the last few years because we had some money in reserve…We didn’t think it was appropriate to ask for an increase at that time. That will change in June of next year, however. We are expecting a deficit this year similar to last year’s of $92,000, and we need to purchase around $80,000 worth of equipment, workstations and servers…for the new texting 911 sometime next year to bring our equipment up to standards,” explained Crosby
Crosby also addressed the concerns of those who spoke against the prospect of increasing the wireline 911 fee because they already pay wireless fees. Crosby explained several factors that are used in the distribution of state wireless 911 fees. “Three things are deducted from statewide cell phones fees before it they prorated by population and distributed to the counties. The state police get 10 percent for every three dollars, one million dollars is set aside each year to build tower sites across the state and homeland security receives five percent for the maintenance and upgrade of the state’s IRP radio system,” Crosby added.
Crosby also raised the specter of the possibility of rising home owner’s insurance rates based on poor scores by Logan County 911. Crosby explained that she will have to make cuts to the staff if the increase of the wireline 911 fee is not instituted and doing so could cause them to score lower on insurance surveys which could increase the cost of homeowner’s insurance in the area.
The next meeting of the LCC will be held Sept. 8 at 3 p.m. at the Logan County Courthouse.
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]