HARRODSBURG — Mercer County Fiscal Court unanimously voted Tuesday to purchase a new computer-assisted dispatch system for $47,884.
Earl J. Motzer, chief executive officer of James B. Haggin Memorial Hospital, spoke on behalf of the Emergency 911 committee and recommended the new system as well as three other new equipment purchases he said the department needs.
The committee is made up of representatives from the city, county, emergency medical service, police and sheriff’s departments.
Judge-Executive Milward Dedman explained $32,561 from the 911 wireless fund will be used, and the remaining $15,323 will come from the county. The wireless fund includes proceeds from the tax on cell phones and goes toward paying for emergency operations.
Motzer told commissioners the expenditure for the dispatch system includes equipment, training, the server and everything else needed to replace the outdated system.
Also unanimously voted in as a new purchase was a master street address guide. Communications supervisor Ruth Bryant was on hand to add that the current system has become antiquated and possibly could be dangerous if not updated. Emergency calls could be routed to incorrect addresses if the system is not updated, she said.