MADISON — Jim Nelson, fire chief of the Madison Volunteer Fire Department, spoke to the Boone County Commission about emergency communications issues when their are power failures to Boone County’s 911 center in Danville.
“It can take as long as 30 minutes to get emergency communications restored and those can be critical times that we and other emergency responders need to be able to communicate,” Nelson said.
The problem appears to be lighting at the site of the backup generator power system. Greg Lay with Boone County 911 said some of the sites and towers are more prone to lightning strikes and it damages a switch that needs replaced each time the lighting hits.
“We had to replace the switch four or five times last year alone,” Lay said.
Lay said some success in re-routing grounds at the sites has also cut down on the number of lighting related outages.
Nelson said the the Madison department if considering solar power, like Whitesville used, and with one repeater the estimated cost would be $5,000.
Lay said the county is much larger with five or six repeaters, IRP equipment, AC units, lights and other power needs, and the cost to go solar would most likely be between $30,000 and $40,000.
“We need to look into this can look into all available options to cut the time down that emergency communications are down,” said Boone County Commission President Eddie Hendricks. “We have to take a good look at this situation and what are the best options to make things better.”
• The county commissioners also heard from Jerry Brown with Summit Engineering. Brown talked about the company and the services it offers and could provide to the county.
For more information about Summit Engineering and the services the company offers, visit the online website at http://www.summit-engr.com
• County approved a 2013 personal property tax refund to California Fist National Bank for $24,940.72 after an error was found by the tax department, but wasn’t corrected in a timely manner. The company is no longer doing business in West Virginia.
• County accepeted the resignation of Christopher Davis as a Boone County Sheriff’s Deputy. His resignation is effective immediately and the position will be filled as soon as possible, according to Boone County Sheriff Randall White.
• County accepted the resignation of Fredrick “Freddie” Massey from the Boone County Solid Waste Authority. His resignation is effective July 31, 2015.
• County approved for the maintenance department staff to attend a safety conference on Sept. 2, 2015.
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