With strong backing from Sheriff Jason Dingman, the Stevens County Board of Commissioners approved a motion to move forward with a next generation 911 system at yesterday’s meeting. Joe Fick of Chicago-based Motorola Solutions, who works out of his home in Glencoe, presented a plan to the board that would eliminate the need for the County to own its own Hardware and Software systems for 911 services. Rather, his company would provide the service and take care of all upgrades, avoiding future issues of imcompatibility.

The system would cost the County $110,682 over the course of five years, with a $26,082 non-recurring charge, and a $1400 per month charge for each position. The County would need two positions. There is money in the budget already set aside for 911 upgrades that would cover these expenses, and the Commissioners said they will discuss later if they would pay the total fee now to take advantage of a 2% incentive discount.

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