February 2021


February 23, 2021

Chairman Dewayne Goodwin called the meeting to order at 2:20 p.m. via online webinar meeting in the Cullman County E911 Administration Building located at 604 Seventh Avenue, SW,

Cullman, Alabama.

Roll was called to establish a quorum and members present were Dewayne Goodwin, Dana W. Phillips, Dorothy Maddox, Barry Slatton, and Kenneth Nail. Also present were Gordon L. Sandlin, Administrative Director; Roger C. Humphrey, Administrative Advisor; Jackie Burnham; Ryan Whisenhunt, Cullman EMS; Amber Smith, Cullman County Sheriff’s Office; and Roy W.

Williams, Jr., Board Attorney. Chairman Dewayne Goodwin welcomed everyone to the meeting.

Review and approval of the minutes and expenses since January 2020 meeting. Sandlin reported no unbudgeted expenses.

Sandlin reported a subpoena from the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, Northeastern Division, in the case of the United States of America versus Belinda Sue Thomas for recorded calls regarding complaints at the Econolodge Hotel, in Cullman, Alabama on or about September 14, 2019.  Copy of the calls was made and delivered.

Sandlin reported that the business office applied for Alabama Coronavirus Relief Funds and were informed that no monies remained in the county allowance and 911 would not qualify under the definition to receive funds.

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

Sandlin spoke with FirstNet/AT&T regarding the explosion in Nashville, TN last month to ask questions for future situations.

Sandlin reported that the banks have prepared the paperwork for the opening of the new CD’s. Board officers need to come by the office and sign.

Sandlin reported that letters were sent to each agency authorizing Road Sign Allocations and two requests have been received and paid.

Sandlin briefed the Board on the agreement between Cullman County 911 and Datamark. After Board discussion, Board authorized the agreement with Datamark to be signed.

Sandlin updated the Board on the proposal from the Cullman Electric Cooperative. No response has been received. Sandlin will reach out to the Cullman Electric Cooperative and report to the Board at the next regular meeting.

Sandlin reported that the Pictometry/Eagleview Flyover/Imagery is 97% complete. Sandlin reported that the installation of a fourth answering position at the City of Cullman

Communication Center is in progress, in addition to the console purchased through the Board’s Grant program. Whisenhunt expressed his appreciation to the Board for the grant opportunity and reported that Cullman EMS is waiting on additional equipment with activation in two weeks.

AT&T is working with Indigital to configure the VIPERS to receive SIP calls. The equipment has been received at the business office and has been partially installed. Cut over is set for March 3rd, 2021.

Sandlin reported that the Board approved recorders have been installed at CEMS and HPD. CCCC and Sheriff’s office will be installed when calls are converted to SIP/IP.

Sandlin reported that AT&T will no longer have a service technician on call during the week for Cullman County 911. Sandlin is researching this issue and will report to the Board at the regular March meeting.

Board will meet via Zoom and Sandlin will present a slide on the upcoming conferences at the March regular meeting.

Attorney Williams reported that there are no additional legal issues that will affect the E9-1-1 Board of Commissioners.

December 2020 financial reports were presented. January 2021 PSAP summary report was presented. The meeting adjourned at 3:09 p.m.

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