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New 911 System Set for Ohio County

October 3, 2007
WHEELING — Operators will soon be able to find those who dial 911 from a cellular phone in Ohio County — even if the caller is unable to describe their location.

During Tuesday’s meeting, Ohio County Commissioners approved a bid from Staley Communications of Wheeling for $420,040 to install an updated 911 system for the county that will enable those who call for help to be found in the event something goes wrong.

911 Director Theresa Russell said this is the next generation emergency services communications system.

“This is important because there are times when someone may call on a cell phone and be unable to tell us where they are, so this will take care of that,” she said.

Commissioner Randy Wharton agreed the system is a worthwhile investment.

“This system will help our emergency services personnel find people who call 911 from their cell phones, and should be up and running within the next six months,” he said.

Administrator Greg Stewart said the system should last for several years.

In other business, commissioners approved giving $3,000 to the Northern Panhandle Workforce Investment Board for new computer equipment.

Commissioners also reminded everyone to have a good time at this weekend’s Ohio County Country Fair, set to run Friday-Sunday at Oglebay.

“This is the 25th Anniversary for our fair, so we are expecting a good crowd and a great weekend,” said Commissioner Tim McCormick.

“We are looking for a fun time with great weather,” added Commissioner David Sims.

Stewart said all county offices — except those required by law to remain open — would be closed Monday in observance of Columbus Day.

The Ohio County Commission’s next regularly scheduled meeting is set for 6 p.m. Oct. 17.

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