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New software to help dispatchers

Published August 23. 2010 05:00PM

Carbon County commissioners on Thursday approved an agreement with New World Systems that provide software that gives emergency dispatchers and responders a visual map of the area of a caller's location.

The $24,070 cost of software license agreement will be covered by wireless and land line fees.

"It is a very vital tool," said Commissioners Chairman William O'Gurek. "For instance, if someone is lost in the woods and makes a call with a cell phone, they'll have a map to show them where that call came from."

Commissioner Wayne Nothstein said the new software will be "very helpful in the developments ... especially in the Penn Forest and Kidder Township area, where there are a lot of new developments and the responders are not that familiar with the roads, like they would be in a town. It's really going to improve their response time."

In other matters, commissioners approved the sale of county-owned land on Edgemont Avenue in Palmerton to Michael A. Britcher of Nazareth for $4,100.

"We're slowly but surely getting rid of properties that the county has in its possession, and putting them back on the tax rolls," said O'Gurek said.

Also, commissioners approved:

• A revised amendment to a purchase of service agreement with Leesport, Berks County, extending the agreement from July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011 and reflecting an increase in detention center costs from $282.66 a day to $298 a day and adding shelter care services at $213.03 per day;

• A grant-in-aid award under the 2007-2012 agreement for Juvenile Probation/Specialized Probation Services covering reimbursement of juvenile probation staff salaries for 2009-10 in the amount of $66,011;

• An agreement with Senior Corps, RSVP, Allentown, to continue providing RSVP volunteer services in Carbon County from July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2011. the cost remains the same at up to $8,981;

• A resolution extending best wishes to Paul Shealer on his retirement as the county's agricultural agent.

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