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Stories Added -  February 2009
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Automated dispatching explored
San Jacinto News- Times - February 2009

COLDSPRING – A resolution supporting the application of a grant for computer automated dispatching (CAD) was approved by San Jacinto County Commissioners’ Court last week. Although in planning stages, a representative from Sam Houston State University met with the court to explain a software program for a computer assisted dispatching system designed by the university’s criminal justice department. The software program provides automated dispatching for law enforcement, fi re, rescue, emergency medical services and other agencies throughout the area. Counties are charged an annual maintenance fee of $45,000 for the program which would replace some of the county’s dispatching service provided by the San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Department. The program would enable offi - cers, equipped with laptop computers, to run license plate numbers without the help of a dispatcher and obtain other information as well as make reports from the fi eld. Tickets, accident reports and racial profi ling reports would also be automated. Offi cials will see how other counties have implemented their computer automated dispatching systems for ideas on how to establish one here while applying for a grant to pay the cost. Commissioners also passed a resolution in support of a $250,000 grant application for a public county park. The park could possibly be a water type park and located on county owned property next to the San Jacinto County Head Start Building in Coldspring. Liability, policing and maintenance costs and issues were talked as well as splitting the $250,000 between the four precincts of the county so that parks could be established in each precinct. “More money put in one place is better spent,” said Pct. 3 Commissioner Butch Moody. Pct. 1 Commissioner Laddie McAnally was appointed by the court to serve as the county loss control/safety coordinator. A dispatcher agreement between the San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Department and San Jacinto County Emergency Services District was approved. Approval of a maintenance inter- local agreement between Pct. 4 and the City of Point Blank was approved. The city is to pay $500 per month for use of county equipment and man power, according to Pct. 4 Commissioner Mark Nettuno. Also approved was a revision of an inter-local agreement between the county and San Jacinto County Fair Association for animal housing for larger animals at no charge to the county. The contract will terminate at will for either party. The court approved an order prohibiting outdoor burning.


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