County dispatch equipment update put on hold
By Diane Stamm
The Wauneta Breeze
Though the Chase County Commissioners approved a bid to update the equipment in the county’s dispatch center, the plan was put on hold following the Jan. 12 meeting.
Chase County Emergency Manager Duane Dreiling presented a bid totaling $57,390.10 to commissioners Dave Hogsett, Chuck Vette and Don Weiss, Jr. from Prairie States Communications (PSC).
The bid included workstations, touchscreens, headsets and microphones, plus switches, cables and other necessities for the dispatch center to replace the current systems which have been “crashing,” according to Dreiling.
The plan was for the county’s 911 fund to pay for 78 percent of the cost with the remaining to come out of the emergency management budget.
The cost of the project brought about discussion on other options the county may have for dispatch, such as Keith County Emergency Management providing dispatch services, as Perkins County is now utilizing.
After the meeting it was determined that communications equipment cannot be purchased through the 911 fund. The fund may be used for expenses like dispatch training and paying part of the dispatch employees’ salaries.
Rather than using the 911 fund, Dreiling is currently looking for a grant to cover the expense.
Sheriff Kevin Mueller was given approval to order a new toilet for one of the jail’s cells. An inmate broke the previous toilet and flooded the cell. The new $4,500 toilet will include a sink.
Hospital administrator Steve Lewis presented the board with Chase County Community Hospital’s financial statements. Lewis said, since Nov. 30, the hospital has been “a little bit busier than last year.”
Lewis added the number of surgical procedures has gone up and the orthopedic surgeon and dermatologist have stayed busy.