September 2020


September 15, 2020

Chairman Dewayne Goodwin called the meeting to order at 2:01 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.

Bonnie Baty, Brian Lacy, Josh Caretti, and Brody Knight, Cullman Electric Cooperative (CEC), presented to the Board a proposed subsidiary company project for county-wide internet, Sprout broadband. CEC is interested in acquiring data in the form of addresses assigned by the 911 Administration to use to validate account information. CEC exited the meeting at 2:19.

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

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

Sandlin reported no unbudgeted expenses. The Alabama Examiners of Public Accounts have concluded the audit for FY2018 and FY2019. The Board authorized Sandlin to research and explore additional CD options and request documentation from the current financial institution on a quarterly basis of the compounded interest received on existing CD’s.

Sandlin reported a subpoena was received from the District Court of Cullman County to appear in court and give evidence regarding any calls into the CCSO referring to people walking around an abandoned business. Copy was forwarded to Board Attorney Williams and an objection was filed.

The ACCA had a successful video conference, and the Alabama State 911 Board web meeting will be September 16, 2020.

Board authorized Sandlin to request more information concerning the Cullman Electric Cooperative proposal for acquiring address data.

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

Sandlin reported that the Local Government Health Insurance Board will have premium, co-pay, wellness participation, and deductible changes effective January 1, 2021 and January 1, 2022. Board approved to amend the Budget 2020-2021 and increase the health insurance line item $3,000.00.

The Board was briefed on the progress of the installation of a fourth answering position at the City of Cullman Communication Center. Equipment will ship to the 911 Business office prior to installation.

Sandlin reported that MEVO phones are installed at CEMS.

AT&T is working to configure the VIPERS to receive SIP calls and a date for installation 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. CCSO has received a quote for consideration.

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 with the County Attorney on a contract.

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

Board members Samuel Tucker, Dana W. Phillips, and Dorothy Maddox were reappointed for four-year terms ending September 1, 2024.

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.

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

The meeting adjourned at 3:12 p.m.

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