A new law that went into effect with the start of 2016 will prevent local 911 agencies from paying for road sign replacements. The Effingham County 911 Board, which previously funded maintenance of road signs that needed replaced or repaired, discussed new law. The Board announced that they would send a member to discuss the change with the County Engineer to make sure that sign maintenance is kept on schedule. The change does not impact the 911 Board’s ability to pay for the installation of new signs.
The Board also discussed a change into how they will receive funding from phone line taxes. As of the start of 2016 there is no longer a tax on landlines that goes to County 911 agencies, but instead an 87-cent a month fee on any phone number in operation.
The Board also an incident with a recent accident in Mason in which the ambulance response time was 30 minutes. Effingham County Sheriff Dave Mahon said that the incident will be reported to the Ambulance Oversight Committee in an effort to determine that response times are as efficient as possible.
It was also announced that the 911 radio consoles are fully operational, and that a recording server issue mentioned last month has been corrected.