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E-911 dispatch system approved

The Harrison County Council Monday night approved more than $511,000 for a new E-911 dispatch software system.
After forming a committee representing those who will use the software (dispatch, sheriff’s department and commissioners), it was determined Spillman Technologies Inc. was the best option to provide the software.
‘I like the way you all did that,’ Councilman Richard Gerdon said of the process to find a new company.
Based in Salt Lake City, Spillman provides comprehensive public safety software for police departments, sheriff’s offices, communication centers, fire departments and correctional facilities across the country.
Spillman provides services to more than 1,200 agencies and 70,000 public safety professionals in 39 states.
Greg Reas, Harrison County’s Emergency Management Agency director, said the company which previously provided the service for the county since the Harrison County Justice Center was built in the mid-1990s was bought out.
‘It was state-of-the-art 25 years ago,’ Reas said of the system. ‘He lived the American Dream; he sold his company. The only problem is he was bought out by venture capitalists … we were pretty much told we had a five-year window to figure out what we were going to do.’
Spillman representatives Dave Allen and Andy Doyle said they plan to spend a lot of time in Harrison County as the system is set up.
The yearly maintenance cost for the service will be just under $38,000.
Councilman Phil Smith said he thinks it’s a top-notch system and maybe neighboring counties, such as Crawford and Washington, can join in on some sort of cost-share plan and use the system.
‘It’s a lot more likely once we get this in place,’ Reas said of Smith’s idea.
In other business, the council unanimously agreed to allow the Harrison County Community Foundation to continue the Hand Up adult education scholarship program on an open basis until further notice. The program, which only allows a maximum of $1,000 per participant, has helped 30 students so far with anything from tuition, books, uniforms and travel expenses to complete post-secondary education in all kinds of fields.
The council also approved three additional appropriations for the sheriff’s department: $10,000 for inmate meals, $2,000 for jail supplies and $500 for garage and motor supply.
The next council meeting, the last one of the year, will be Monday, Dec. 22, at 7 p.m. at the Government Center in south Corydon. It will mark the last meeting for five-term District 4 Councilman Ralph Sherman, Smith and Councilman Steve Haggard.
A reception in their honor will follow the meeting.
Haggard won the caucus to fulfill the term of the late Gordon Pendleton in October. Sherman was defeated in the May Primary by Sam Day, and Smith lost in the November General Election to Kyle S. Nix.

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