July 11, 2007 Edition

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Justices award 911
Phase II contract

Amber Adams
Staff writer

Justices awarded a contract to a.c.t. GEOSPATIAL, Inc., aGI, for Phase II of the Lawrence County 911 project during their regular meeting on Monday evening.

Mike Mitchell and Richie Pierce, of aGI, presented their plans for implementing Phase II to the court, saying they could have the system up and running within six to seven months.

Total cost of the project will be approximately $65,000, which the county can set up on a payment plan. Peggy Miles, 911 coordinator, said that 68 percent of the money should be generated by 911 calls within six months.

This company has already worked with several counties throughout Arkansas setting up similar systems. The program they use will allow dispatchers to pinpoint a person's location whether they call from a landline or cell phone.

"On a cellular call, a location can be pinpointed to within 30 feet or less," said Mitchell.

"Right now," said Sherry Sparks, dispatcher for Lawrence County, "all we can see is which cell tower a call is hitting, but with this, we can see exactly where someone is."

The contract was officially awarded to aGI, but Lawrence County Judge Alex Latham requested that the budget committee meet to discuss payment plans and funding options.

During the meeting justices also discussed the addition of a new courtroom to the existing courthouse.

According to preliminary estimates, the room will be approximately 968 square feet and will be built onto the front of the courthouse.

Latham said they are working to keep the architectural beauty of the existing building, adding that brickwork will match what is already there. Landscaping will also be modified to fit the new addition.

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