August 2020


August 18, 2020

Chairman Dewayne Goodwin called the meeting to order at 2:10 p.m. via online webinar meeting and in the Board Room of the Cullman County E911 Administration Building located at 604 Seventh Avenue, SW, Cullman, Alabama.

There were no public comments. 

Roll was called to establish a quorum and members present were Dewayne Goodwin, Kenneth Nail, Dorothy Maddox, Dana W. Phillips, Barry Slatton, Samuel Tucker, and Keith D. Creel.  Also present were Gordon L. Sandlin, Administrative Director; Roger C. Humphrey, Administrative Advisor; Jackie Burnham, Administrative Assistant; Amber Smith, CCSO; and Roy W. Williams, Jr., Board Attorney.  Chairman Dewayne Goodwin welcomed everyone to the meeting.

Review and approval of the minutes and expenses since July 2020 meeting.

Sandlin reported no unbudgeted expenses and the state examiners are currently conducting the audit for FY2018 and FY2019.

Sandlin reported that the 911 Board requests a survey to be completed on examiner and independent audits.  Board authorized the survey completion by Sandlin.

Sandlin reported a court order was received from the Circuit Court of Cullman County in reference to Brian Martin et al versus Estate of Steven Dewain Parris, et al for certified copy of all 911 calls on January 2, 2017.  Board Attorney Williams filed objection.

Sandlin reported a subpoena from the Circuit Court of Cullman County in reference to Amanda Jackson Golden, as administrator of the Estate of her deceased husband, Jarod Nelson Golden versus Island Medical Alabama, LLC. for certified copy of all 911 calls from July 24, 2019 and July 25, 2018 pertaining to Jarod Nelson Golden.  Board Attorney Williams filed objection.

No Alabama State 911 Board meeting this month and no existing 911 legislation.  Humphrey complimented Sandlin on his contribution to the 2020 ACCA Convention via webinar.

Sandlin gave an update of the wireless telephones 911 calls made in Cullman County in July 2020.

Sandlin reported that Governor Ivey has issued a new order concerning face mask in addition to the existing protocols and guidelines.  The 911 Business Office is now utilizing an infrared thermometer for anyone entering the office area.

Sandlin presented the FY2021 Budget for review and Board approved with changes discussed.

Board approved retaining Fricke, Sweatmon & Co., P.C. for FY2020 audit period.

Sandlin has a second company to estimate a sprinkler system at the 911 Administration property and will report the progress at the next regular meeting.  Given two additional companies to consider.

Sandlin reported that MEVO phones are installed at CEMS.

AT&T is working to configure VIPERS to receive SIP calls.

Sandlin reported that the grant for possible interface/connectivity from the Viper to the PSAP CAD’s for data dump was sent to the agencies and they are working with their vendors on the details.

Sandlin briefed the Board on the possibility of partnering with the Cullman County Revenue Department to upgrade the imagery/flyover in 2021. Board Attorney Williams is working on the contract.

The grant proposal to give assistance to the PSAP’s in purchasing consoles capable of toning agencies regarding 911 information was released to the agencies.

Board members Samuel Tucker and Dorothy Maddox were reappointed for four-year terms ending September 1, 2024 as per the newspaper.  An official letter has not been received   

The 2020 Alabama NENA Gulf Coast Conference is scheduled for October 11-14, 2020 in Orange Beach, Alabama. If you are interested in attending, please contact Jackie.

Board Attorney Williams had no other legal issues that affect the E911 Board of Commissioners that had not previously been discussed.

Sandlin presented a letter requesting a fourth answering position at the City of Cullman Communication Center.  Board approved.

Database Manager Donna Smithson was commended on addressing the county.

Review of the June 2020 financial reports and the July 2020 PSAP report.

The meeting adjourned at 3:17 p.m.

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