|A long-time fund maintained by contributions from county entities to maintain the county's radio towers has been dissolved.|
The fund, managed by the county's fire departments, was created years ago, and used by volunteers to help maintain a radio system, using a shoe-string budget.
The fund had been called into question by the E-911 Advisory Board because of the lack of auditing and oversight, after which the county commission sought to dissolve the fund.
Since E-911 systems are now well-financed through the state taxing cell phones, the funding of the tower project by fire departments and local entities is no longer needed.
Kathy Wood, E-911/OES Director said, "We appreciate the faithful service of the volunteer firemen for their long-time efforts to maintain the radio towers."
Calhoun E-911 is currently embarking on a project to erect at least one new tower to improve communication to areas where radio service is sketchy.
Refunds issued to entities that paid into the fund:
Grantsville VFD: $2759.54
Calhoun EMS: $788.44
Minnie Hamilton: $394.22
Upper West Fork VFD: $2890.95
Arnoldsburg VFD: $2759.54
Sheriff Dept: $1576.88
Grantsville : $1971.10