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TELL CITY - Tell City's police department will see major upgrades with a new fire-alarm control panel, digital video camera, furniture and the moving of a camera.
Police Chief Greg Hendershot updated the city's board of public works and safety June 16 with the cost of the new furniture as well as requests for the DVR purchase, movement of the camera and to have a fire-alarm control panel installed near the dispatch room. The furniture, which costs $3,863.70, will replace furniture that was brought from the old department. "I am attempting to upgrade the furniture, making it comparable to the other office furniture which was purchased when the new department was built," he told members.
The DVR system will replace a current VHS system and allow officers to copyvideo stored on the system's hard drive onto DVDs.
The chief said he would like to move an existing outside camera to a position on the south side of the building to have a better view of the rear parking lot. "I believe this move is a good added safety measure for two reasons," he told members. Dispatchers and officers can see who is in the parking lot and it will create a safer environment for those who use it on a daily basis and during events like Schweizer Fest.
As of now, Hendershot said, dispatchers do not have a way of knowing if the building is on fire upstairs. A fire-alarm control panel installed inside the dispatch center would alert them if there is a fire. There will also be smoke detectors and horn strobes installed upstairs in the department.
The upgrades and new equipment will cost $10,974.92. The board approved all of the requests.
A few years ago, the state privatized a crash-reporting system where people can get online crash reports from Holt, Sheets and Associates LLC, he told members. When this was set up, all departments were given a chance to sign a revenue-sharing agreement that would give the department $8 out of each transaction. The department would put it into an account accessible about four times a year, Hendershot said. The city, however, has not been able to tap that revenue resource because they never signed the agreement. He said he gave a copy to the city attorney to look over and requested the board's permission to sign the agreement so they can tap into that revenue.
Mayor Barbara Ewing said it would be a good agreement for the city since it will be added revenue without taxing citizens. Members decided to wait to see what debits or credits could be deducted from the account before approving the measure.
Building Inspector Bob Young told members building permits brought in $241,300 plus $495 in fees. There were two electrical upgrades, a building permit for the Subway restaurant at 705 Indiana 66 East, a permit for the Habitat for Humanity home at 1029 11th St. and four miscellaneous permits.
The Tell City Electric Department completed 661 high-speed Internet connections and is working on voltage-conversion projects, according to Superintendent Marlow Smethurst. Phase two of a fiber-optic-cable installation is under construction also, he told members. The department is also trimming and removing trees, installing an electricity distribution system in the new Burglen Hills North Subdivision and the construction of new Indiana Municipal power Agency generation stations dubbed Trimble County Unit 2 and Prairie State is ongoing and on schedule. Smethurst also reminded members that new rates and charges went in to affect June 1 and the billing received in July will reflect them.
Tell City Fire Department Chief Greg Linne advised board members that since firefighter Don Litherland moved to Spencer County, he will resign from the department by June 30. Linne said he has been an active member in the department and is welcome to return if he moves back. With the resignation, he asked the board to approve moving reserve firefighter Chad Harper to full-time status. The board approved the motion, effective July 1.