The Fulton County Quorum Court has voted against purchasing equipment for an advanced 9-1-1 system at this time.
Circuit court hearings that lasted longer than expected prevented the quorum court from meeting in the courtroom Feb. 11, but thanks to the use of City Hall the meeting did not have to be postponed.
Justice of the Peace Jimmy Marler said buying the 9-1-1 equipment at this time would be putting the cart before the horse.
JP Dr. Carl Arnold suggested placing a proposed tariff increase on the November ballot and let the taxpayers decide if they would support an increase from 5 percent to 12 percent to fund the 9-1-1 system.
The startup cost for the system wasn't a problem for JP Jim Bicker, but he said the cost of operating it was a big factor that needed to be looked at. Bicker agreed that it was necessary to let the public decide if they want the enhanced 9-1-1 system.
Fulton County's 9-1-1 Coordinator David Keck said the county would lose the discount that is being offered to them at this time if the equipment purchase is postponed. He said addresses are being loaded to keep the system updated and to log current address changes. Keck said $3,500 needs to be appropriated for the one time fee for this service. But the court voted to postpone appropriating the funds until the bill is due.
In other business two resolutions and one ordinance were passed. The ordinance for the Fulton County Land Use Plan was approved. The plan provides a general framework for protecting rights of landowners.
A resolution was also approved to sign a contract with Bob Beavers, architect, for the new health facility that will be constructed by the industrial park on Highway 9 in Salem. A resolution was approved for the Camp Fire Department to apply for a grant to help fund a new building for their department.