Pulaski Commissioners Approve Expense For New 911 System

Pulaski County Commissioners Tracey Shorter, Kenneth Boswell, Michael Tiede

The Pulaski County Commissioners this week approved the purchase of a new emergency 911 system after they learned their current system, which is about 10 years old, has been discontinued for about three years.

The new system, which will cost $144,000, will satisfy the order by the state fire marshal who told the county that they must relocate their 911 system to a new location for fire protection. A representative from a company who handles 911 systems told the commissioners that he developed a number of bullet points for a new system, because his company would be unable to renew the maintenance contract on their current system due to it being effectively obsolete.

He told the county council previously that they could pay to have the existing 911 system moved to a new location for as much as $10,000, or they could go all out on getting a new system. The council, rather than waste money on moving an antiquated system, decided on springing for a new 911 system.

Commissioner Ken Boswell made a motion to approve spending $144,000 on a new 911 system, the funds for which will come from the 911 Fund.