Local News: Progress on LawCo Emergency Communications Center Plan (5/7/22)

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Incumbents Kris Bowling, Brian Cook and Jack Schulz, along with newly elected Lawrence County Emergency Services Board member Deborah Prichard, were sworn in before heading to duty. Board member Jim Carson was named vice president and Bowling was named treasurer. Melonie Roberts/[email protected]

Earthworks continue, tower steel and equipment ordered

Following the April 5 election, incumbents Kris Bowling, Brian Cook and Jack Schulz, along with newly elected Lawrence County Emergency Services Board (LCESB) member Deborah Prichard, were sworn in before tackling pending business at the April meeting.

In a slight change of responsibilities, Jim Carson was named vice president and Bowling was named treasurer. The board approved Director Bonnie Witt-Schulte’s recommendation to have the fiber installed by Liberty Connect, at a cost of $16,500 for installation and $1,650 per month.

Witt-Schulte updated members on progress on site, noting that the steel for the 300ft communications tower has been ordered and an upcoming working session with Esterly, Schneider and Associates, of Springfield, for further modifications. architectural plans if necessary.

Lawrence County Commission officials agreed to provide $550,000 from the county’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds for the communications tower. The construction cost is $475,000, with the winning bid from Hayden Tower Service, of Topeka, Kansas, contracted to complete the installation.

The tower equipment will be supplied by Radiophone, from Springfield, supplying the bid at a cost of $177,040, as well as moving and setting up existing county equipment, which is used by the center Monett-Lawrence County Emergency Communications Department in Monett. The cost of this service was quoted at $262,699.

The next LCESB meeting will be at 6 p.m. May 18 at MARC in Mt. Vernon.

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