The 911 Commission met for the first time in their new NATCOM (Natchitoches Communications) center in the Industrial Park.
Director Willis Carter said the 911 phone systems were delivered and are partially installed and they are in the final stages of purchasing the voice log recorders. His office relocated to the NATCOM center Feb. 6.
Members discussed communications systems that would best serve them. Logistics such as dead zones in areas of the parish and the ability to bring in towers quickly following a catastrophic event were considered.
A contract for IT services was approved. “We don’t have enough IT work to have a full time person,” Carter said. The contract for two years at $790 per month flat rate was accepted. Hourly rates are not billed and all IT services in the building are included. Individual computers and units are exempted.
Commissioner Rick Nowlin caught a phrase in the contract concerning termination of services that needed to be amended. The proposal was accepted pending the requested change in verbage.
The purchasing of eight workstations and chairs was approved. Once installed the dispatchers can begin their transfer into the new facility. Architect George Minturn stated the final items on the punch list were being completed.
Following the meeting, guests and commissioners took a tour of the facility.