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Morning Sun
  • County divides up 911 duties

  • A week ago today, the Crawford County Commission suspended 911 director John Gagliardo without pay from his position after charges of attempted wire and mail fraud were filed against him.

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  • A week ago today, the Crawford County Commission suspended 911 director John Gagliardo without pay from his position after charges of attempted wire and mail fraud were filed against him.

    Tuesday, the commission continued its follow-up in the aftermath of that decision, with Sheriff Dan Peak coming before the board to discuss the effects for the 911 department.

    “Since the special meeting, we've been trying to get our bearing on where we stand as a result of John [Gagliardo]'s suspension,” Peak told the commissioners, saying they've been in contact with many of the 911 vendors. “Everything seems to be on track, with Kyle [Nelson, GIS director] helping out. We've got another conference call this week to give further updates on that. We've also had a lot of mapping on locations and things. It sounds like we're very close to completion on that.”

    Peak said that three responsibilities for the 911 department have been divided among three others. Nelson will take the addressing duties, Liz Hart will handle the billing, and the sheriff's department will handle the entry of 911 data.

    “What we've been able to accomplish the last few days has helped us a lot. There should be no interruption of services. All FCC license are accounted for and up to date,” Peak said.

    Peak did tell the commission that the contracts are still trying to be located for tower use throughout the county, both for the towers on which the county is leasing space and for the county towers on which businesses are leasing space.

    “As far as contracts, we're not sure where those are right now,” Peak said. “There's only one available on paper. Right now, that's what we're aware of so far. Everything else is going smoothly. John [Gagliardo]'s been helpful so far, supplying whatever information he's had.”

    That said, Peak did tell the commissioners that Gagliardo's accounts had been closed down, at least temporarily, and that arrangements had been made for mail. Commissioners said they would consider appointing a new chairperson or contact person for the 911 committee.

    The commission took up other action Tuesday, the commission heard the details about the purchase of weather radios using a state grant.

    Eldon Bedene, county emergency manager, said that the county had purchased 441 weather radios for $11,000 after getting a bid directly from the factory that makes them. The cost for each radio is $24.90. The county will supply the battery for each radio, at a cost of $.29 per battery to the county.
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    Once the radios arrive within the next 30 days, the weather radios will be programmed and distributed to the public at a cost of about $7.50-$8.

    The weather radios come thanks to a grant worth $8,200, with the county picking up the cost of the remaining $2,800. The sales of the radios will make up that cost for the county.

    “A year and a half ago, we got the grant with Connie Moore, and she's no longer at Via Christi,” Bedene said. “We thought we'd lost it when she left, but they said we still had money there if we coupld spend it by the end of the month.”
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