By Melanie Stegner

The Pope County Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, October 5, and unanimously passed a request for action to change the provider of the 911 mapping system to CentralSquare Technologies.

CentralSquare is currently used by Stevens and Grant Counties and will allow for a shared mapping system. The estimated cost is $36,463 and is covered by 911 funds. The initial setup includes the sheriff’s department vehicles and dispatch, and the Glenwood, Starbuck and Cyrus police departments. 

There are several components included with the CentralSquare system. The dispatch component pins the location on a map of the caller and shows information about the caller. It uses the map to recommend units, suggest the fastest route to the call and send turn by turn directions. Dispatchers can move around the map, search for addresses, access agency’s GIS data and view several other pieces of data.

The mobile component is used to meet the needs of the patrol officers and deputies. It’s optimized to work with mobile devices and gives mobile responders situational awareness with a broader view, including other calls for service and detailed location information. 

Pope/Douglas Solid Waste Management approached the board during the meeting requesting support for a location of a recycling site on the Pope County Agricultural Society property at the fairgrounds. The plans for the site include a tree and bush lined fence that will make the site look attractive to passersby. The board decided it would be best practice for Pope/Douglas Solid Waste to first approach the Ag Society and the City Council.

Pope County received a grant in the amount of $17,300 that is to be used to help low-income families repair or replace septic systems.

In other business, the commissioners unanimously approved a conditional use permit for Magellan to improve the shoreline along the bank of Mudd Creek in Gilchrist township. They did some structural repairs and upon inspection noticed shoreline erosion and presented scope-of-work and engineering schematics in the staff report.

The board approved two interim use permits for recreational vehicles, approved the payment of bills and approved the per diem expense report.