Tangipahoa Communication District No. 1
Thursday, March 22, 2018
Present: Trabona, Ballard, Moore, Sims, and Hodges.
Absent: Cutrer and Volkmann.
The meeting was called to order by Chairman Moore.
The minutes of the previous meeting were reviewed. A motion was made by Trabona, seconded by Sims, to approve the minutes of the previous meeting as presented. The motion carried with a unanimous vote, no abstaining.
A motion was made by Ballard, seconded by Hodges, to approve payment of the bills paid prior to the meeting. The motion carried with a unanimous vote, no abstaining.
A motion was made by Sims, seconded by Trabona, to approve payment of all current bills as presented. The motion carried with a unanimous vote, no abstaining.
Mr. Darouse discussed the Motorola service agreement. The one he recommends is an annual cost of $25,976.69 and includes all three repeater sites. Discussion followed. Ballard made a motion, seconded by Hodges to accept the Motorola service agreement at an annual cost of $25,976.69. The motion passed with a unanimous vote, no abstaining.
Mr. Darouse requested authorization to attend the NENA national conference in Nashville. The cost for the one week conference, including two pre-conference classes cost approximately $2,400 plus gas and meals. Hodges asked what does 9-1-1 gain from attendance. Mr. Darouse discussed some of the classes offered including enhanced call taking. Ballard made a motion, seconded by Trabona, to authorize Mr. Darouse to attend the NENA conference in Nashville. The motion passed with a unanimous vote, no abstaining.
Mr. Darouse informed the Board the address file from AT&T has been forwarded to PTS. PTS has estimated the cost to update will be $5,000. Jeya said PTS will review the file and determine how much is attributed to each agency but should not exceed $5,000. Discussion followed. Hodges made a motion, seconded by Ballard to pay up to $5,000 for programming to PTS to update the address files. The motion passed with a unanimous vote, no abstaining.
Jeya was recognized and discussed radio needs for the backup center. Discussion of using base consoles vs. mobile radios followed. Jeya would like to meet with a couple of the Board members to discuss options to present to the Board. Ballard and Cutrer will meet with Jeya.
Ms. Oliver discussed the billing of charges to the fire departments for 2018. The new rate was to go into effect when Hammond came on. However, the new amount was budgeted for 2018 and would reduce the amounts to each fire department even without Hammond participating in the payment at this time. The Board agreed to bill based on 2018 budget.
Ms. Oliver presented the financial report. Sims made a motion, seconded by Ballard to accept the financial report. The motion passed with a unanimous vote, no abstaining.
Chairman Moore recognized Hammond Fire Department. There was an inquiry as to the timeline for Hammond to come on. Mr. Darouse said we need the address file and for Chief Thomas to download his grid system. Chief Thomas said that is part of what PTS is doing along with the address file. Chief Thomas said he had requested the address file in January and it was just obtained. It seems it is dragging. Chairman Moore responded Mr. Darouse had requested the address file from AT&T the day after it was approved and has been waiting on AT&T to provide. Chairman Moore inquired if anything else was needed for Hammond Fire to come on. Chief Thomas said he will continue to fight for monitoring of the fire ground channel.
There being no further business to come before the board, Sims made a motion to adjourn seconded by Ballard and the motion so carried.
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