October 2020


October 20, 2020

Chairman Dewayne Goodwin called the meeting to order at 2:04 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.

Roll was called to establish a quorum and members present were Dewayne Goodwin, Dorothy Maddox, Dana W. Phillips, Barry Slatton, Keith Creel, and Samuel Tucker. Also present were Gordon L. Sandlin, Administrative Director; Roger C. Humphrey, Administrative Advisor; Jackie Burnham, Administrative Assistant; Billy Jackson, Jackson & Williams, Attorneys at Law; and Johnny C. Fricke, Jr., CPA, Fricke, Sweatmon & Co., P.C. Chairman Dewayne Goodwin welcomed everyone to the meeting.

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

Sandlin reported no unbudgeted expenses. Sandlin is researching additional CD options and will report at the next Board meeting.

Johnny C. Fricke, Jr., CPA, Fricke, Sweatmon & Co., P.C., presented the Board with a letter of engagement, discussing the firm’s responsibilities in the Board’s upcoming audit of FY2019.

Sandlin reported a court order was received from the Circuit Court of Cullman County in the case of Christopher Douglas Parker, as P.R. for the Estate of Melanie Jo Parker versus Scott’s Excavating & Hauling, Inc., Smith Jeremy, Progressive Direct Insurance, Daniel Cody Allen et al. Copy of calls were made and forwarded to Board Attorney Williams for distribution.

Sandlin reported that the State of Alabama 911 Board will reimburse each ECD’s legacy line costs according to their guidelines beginning January 2, 2021.

The Alabama NENA Quarterly meeting is scheduled in Montgomery, Alabama on November 17-19, 2020 at the Marriott. Sandlin will be in attendence.

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

Sandlin reported that Governor Ivey has not issued any additional orders concerning COVID19. The 911 Business Office continues to use the existing protocols, guidelines, in addition to the use of an infrared thermometer for anyone entering the office area.

Upon request, Sandlin received additional information concerning the Cullman Electric Cooperative proposal for acquiring address data. After Board discussion, Board approved Attorney Williams to compose a contract for review.

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

The Board was briefed on the progress of the installation of a fourth answering position at the City of Cullman Communication Center. Agreements have been signed, partial equipment has been received, and an installation date is forthcoming.

AT&T is working with Indigital to configure the VIPERS to receive SIP calls. The equipment has been received at the business office and an installation date has not been determined.

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.

The grant proposal to assist the PSAP’s in purchasing consoles capable of toning agencies regarding 911 information was released to the agencies. All agencies have expressed grant application intentions.

Sandlin reported that the Board’s recorders are aging and due to the new technology of calls received, upgrade solutions have been explored. Board approved recorder and recording upgrades.

Attorney Jackson filed a quash to an order to appear received Friday and that there are no additional legal issues that will affect the E9-1-1- Board of Commissioners.

Board discussed the excellent job the PSAP dispatchers are doing and ask Sandlin to research and report to the Board suggestions to commend them.

Review of the August 2020 financial reports and the September 2020 PSAP report.

The meeting adjourned at 3:36 p.m.

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