Belmont County 911 to be upgraded

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – The Belmont County Commissioners initiated an upgrade to the county 911 system during Wednesday’s meeting.

Commissioners motioned to approve and authorize Commissioner Ginny Favede to sign an equipment lease-purchase agreement with Motorola Solutions, Inc. for the Belmont County 911 radio equipment upgrade project.

The total project cost is $4,400,000, with an estimated down payment of $800,000 and $3,600,000 financed. The term is four years with an annual payment of $965,951.08. The first payment is due Oct. 1, 2014 and the remaining are annual. The interest rate is 2.89 percent.

Acting 911 Director Bryan Minder and Emily Allen of Motorola reported on the status of the upgrade. Minder said a detailed design review meeting will be scheduled within weeks and a timeline for improvements will be established. Orders will be made immediately after the review. Installation and optimization testing should occur within the first four to six months of next year. Project completion is estimated to be next summer.

Radios will be the first items delivered and put in use.

“This is a huge project for the county,” Favede said, adding that the agreement with Motorola puts into effect the financial arrangement put into place with the passage of last year’s 911 levy for a complete upgrade. “This commits pretty much all of that money.”

She noted that this plan will allow the county to maintain ownership of the equipment. Commissioner Matt Coffland added that this represented the best available rate.

In other matters, Karen Matusic, public and government affairs manager of the Appalachia division of XTO energy, introduced herself and spoke about her corporation.

She noted that two wells have been drilled in Richland Township. Meters are being installed and the pipeline is under construction. They are also working on plans to upgrade the local water system to eliminate truck traffic. They would also be able to purchase water from local authorities.

Commissioners viewed road improvements at two cul-de-sacs within Pultney Township Road. The two 80-foot-radius areas will be reduced to a radius of 40 feet each. The sub-division will be re-platted and increase the size of the lots with the vacated portions added on.

Commissioners motioned to adopt resolutions honoring Belmont County Common Pleas Court Judge Jennifer L. Sargus and Joseph A. Gaudio on their retirement.

Commissioners motioned to establish a date and time for a hearing of a request to change the name of Warren Township Road 1545 to Wood Duck Roost Road.

Commissioners motioned to approve and sign an addendum to a June 28, 2006 contract with Ohio American Energy, Inc., for the temporary closing of County Road 78 for road improvement. This allows the contract to be completed prior to but not later than 30 months from the date of disturbance to complete mining operation and reconstruction improvements. The portion of road is to be reconstructed at the expense of Ohio American Energy.

Commissioners motioned to approve and sign the amendment to the summer employment program for youth on behalf of DJFS to extend the problem deadline from Aug. 31, 2013-Oct. 31, 2013.

Commissioners motioned to approve and sign a purchase authorization for SimplexGrinnell to renew the quarterly wet sprinkler test and inspection and annual backflow test agreement for the county jail for $1,171.40 effective July 1, 2013-June 30, 2014.

Commissioners accepted a proposal from HITEK Security Solutions for $21,128 for all labor and materials required to install and program 13 security cameras in and around the courthouse. This is the second phase of the security upgrade started Sept. 2012.

Commissioners motioned to accept a proposal from HE Neumann for $26,649.99 for all labor and materials required to refurbish Hot Water Tank No. 2 at the jail. The first tank was refurbished in 2012.

Commissioners will reconvene Sept. 16, 11 a.m.

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