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Debbie Tidwell standing and Stacy Palmer sitting, Winston County 9-1-1 Dispatchers
The Winston County E 9-1-1 Communications District has recently completed an equipment upgrade project that included a Next-Generation 9-1-1 Call Taking solution along with a Computer Aided Dispatch and Mapping application that will enhance the Districts ability to gather and maintain accurate dispatch data and prepare for future Next-Generation capabilities as they become available. The District expended funds in the amount of $233,587.74 collectively for the new systems.
The District contracted with Ryan Public Safety Solutions (RPSS) for the purchase, installation and maintenance services of the new equipment. The Call Taking solution is an Airbus VESTA 9-1-1 solution that will deliver 9-1-1 and administrative call processing capabilities from a fully integrated Internet Protocol (IP) soft switch that will also provide complete redundancy in operation.
A new Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) and Mapping solution from GeoConex is also part of the new configuration and will enhance the dispatching capabilities of both dispatchers and supervisory personnel. The application aids in identifying the location of the caller and can easily distinguish the status of active calls, while recording various status times, radio communications history, and historical calls. This multipurpose tool also allows the dispatcher the ability so schedule pre-planned events and automated reporting capabilities that will improve ISO communications ratings.
Eaton/Wright-Line was awarded the contract for dispatch consoles for the center to accommodate the equipment upgrade. Eaton/Wright-Line is a leader in the design and manufacture of sophisticated communications consoles that are designed to accommodate current and emerging technology in emergency communications and dispatch.
The comprehensive system has been in the planning phase by District Director Tim Webb for almost two years with the support and approval of the District’s Board of Directors. With the advent of the new system, the District will migrate away from paper documents and move to digital storage for almost every phase of daily operations. The IP-based system is capable of utilizing the developing statewide ANGEN network that will replace the current 9-1-1 network that has been used since the early inception of 9-1-1.
The new upgrade replaces a legacy system that had been in operation since 2003 and the consoles replace built-in cabinetry in use since 1999.
Ryan Public Safety Solutions staff has over 75 years of design, installation, and maintenance experience in the emergency communications industry and is located in Guntersville Alabama.
Airbus VESTA 9-1-1 is a product of Airbus Defense and Space and is a world leader in NextGen communications systems.
GeoConex Corporation has been serving the public safety industry since 2001. GeoConex is a leading integrator of Public Safety and Homeland Security systems and is located in Knoxville Tennessee.
– Tim Webb, Director, Winston County 9-1-1.
Emily Johnson, new Assistant Principal and Christy Bice, Principal of Haleyville Elementary
The Haleyville City Schools Board of Education met Tuesday with Beth McAlpine absent. The Board approved the following items on the agenda.
The financial statements and board expenditures for June in the amount of $1,432,184.67.
Amendments to the Instructional Policy.
Breakfast workers assignment.
Lunchroom a la carte prices.
Service agreements for the 2016 football season.
An amendment to the HHS Fee Schedule.
In addition, the board approved the use of three school facilities, one field trip, and seven fund-raisers.
In personnel, the Board approved hiring Emily Johnson as assistant Principal at the Haleyville Elementary School. Suzanne Caldwell was hired as Special Education Teacher for Haleyville High.
A Probationary Principal Contract for HES was approved for Christy Bice.
The teachers and staff will return to the school on August 4 with the first day for students on August 10. The next meeting of the Haleyville City Schools Board of Education will be Tuesday, August 23.
The Haleyville City Council met Monday afternoon for their regular bi-monthly meeting with Jonathan Bennett absent. The council approved the May general operation bills in the amount of 417,856.01. Not on the agenda, but brought up by acting city clerk Debra Hood, the need for new accounting software and computers to run it on. She stated she had checked with the Alabama League of Municipalities and the recommendations of other cities as to the software they were using and the support available. A motion was made and he decision of the council was made to purchase new software for $26,611.00 plus an additional $11,000 per year for support. An additional $12,393.00 to a local company, Jen-Eric for new computers. The first year total will be $50,0004 for the new computers, software, and support.
The next meeting of the Haleyville City Council will be Monday, August 1, 5:30 at the City Hall.
Marcel Weaver, the father of Haleyville Fire Chief Phillip Weaver, was reportedly struck by lightning about noon on Thursday while he was working on his lawn mower at his home in South Haleyville. He was transported to a Birmingham hospital where he was sedated and remained overnight under observation. According to family members, Marcel is at home and doing well.
A reminder, remain vigilant as to the dangers of lightning. Do not stand under trees or even outdoors during a thunderstorm which contains lightening.
Haleyville Police made a routine traffic stop on Saturday morning, July 9 at 2:14 a.m. on Pounders and Sims Roads off of Highway 195. The Toyota Camry was stopped because the officer noticed an equipment failure on the vehicle. After approaching the vehicle an open container of alcohol was seen by the officer. The driver and passenger were asked to get out of the vehicle. A large plastic bag containing 1.5 pounds of marijuana with a loaded 9 mm pistol laying on top was seen by the officers. A further search revealed a bag containing 112 grams of crystal methamphetamine in a more concentrated form of “ice.
Arrested on the scene and taken to the Winston County Jail were Luis Andres Castro Sandoval, 25, 1116 5th Avenue, Haleyville, and Jose Rodriguez, 25, 12317 Pounders and Sims Road, Haleyville. The charges against both were possession of marijuana/1st Degree, Drug Trafficking Methamphetamine, Possession of a controlled substance, and possession of stolen property/2nd degree. The pistol had been reported stolen locally two years ago.
Bail was set at $10,000 for each charge. Both bonded out later that weekend.
The Haleyville City Council met Tuesday afternoon for a rescheduled meeting from July 4 with Bud Wilson absent. The council approved acting city clerk Debra Hood to perform the mayor’s duties during the upcoming city election in August. Mayor Sunseri is a candidate for mayor thus ineligible to perform election duties.
The council approved the renewal of a five year lease on the old city owned elementary school building on 13th Avenue to the Community Action Partnership of North Alabama for the Head Start program.
A low bid was approved for work on the CDBG project for water and sanitary sewer improvements in the Cripple Creek neighborhood. A bid of $596,842.00 from the Double Diamond Construction Company of Northport was approved.
A resolution was approved which authorizes Mayor Sunseri to negotiate with a national chain which is exploring a location in Haleyville. Because this will involve a substantial investment and the creation a number of jobs the mayor will be able to offer incentives consistent with those offered to other developers of like size and investments. The final agreement will be finalized thru public hearings as required by statue.
The city will be making application for funds through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for a grant for two storm shelters to be constructed at the new sports complex.
The council approved advertising for two new police cars and the hiring of Crystal Whickwire as a Class II part-time police dispatcher.
Four gentlemen complained to the council about the speed of vehicles on 15th Avenue at 26th Street. It was suggested the city consider installing two more stop signs on 15th Avenue making it a 3-way stop. Meanwhile, the police will step up patrols in that area.
The next council meeting will be Monday, July 18, 5:30 p.m at the Haleyville City Hall.
HALEYVILLE HIGH FOOTBALL 2016
AUG 19 @Deshler-Tuscumbia
AUG 26 @Winston County-Double Springs
SEP 2 @*Hamilton
SEP 9 *Cordova @HHS
SEP 16 @ *Winfield
SEP 23 OPEN
SEP 30 Madison Academy @ HHS
OCT 7 *Good Hope # @HHS
OCT 14 @* Dora
OCT 21 *Fayette @HHS
OCT 28 Central % @HHS
ALL GAMES 7 PM KICKOFF
# Homecoming Game
* Region Games
^ Fall Jamboree
% Senior Night
ALABAMA FOOTBALL 2016
SEP 3 %vs. Southern California Arlington, Texas
SEP 10 Western Kentucky Bryant-Denny Stadium
SEP 17 *at Ole Miss Oxford, MS
SEP 24 Kent State Bryant-Denny Stadium
OCT 1 *Kentucky Bryant-Denny Stadium
OCT 8 *at Arkansas Fayetteville, Ark.
OCT 15 *at Tennessee Knoxville, Tenn.
OCT 22 *Texas A&M Bryant-Denny Stadium
OCT 29 Open Date
NOV 5 *at LSU Baton Rouge, La.
NOV 12 *Mississippi State Bryant-Denny Stadium
NOV 19 Chattanooga Bryant-Denny Stadium
NOV 26 *Auburn Bryant-Denny Stadium
*Southeastern Conference (SEC) opponent
%Advocare Classic (AT&T Stadium)
Bold indicates home game