While reviewing the 2019-2020 budget during today’s meeting of the Howard County 9-1-1 Communication District, it was stated that they had been able to save approximately $85,000 as compared from last year.
Zach Johnson, President of the Howard County 9-1-1 Communication District, attributed to the fact that Howard County and the City of Big Spring are allowing them to use an office space inside of the Law Enforcement Center to hold their meetings. Plus, they were able to combine Cherrie Burcham’s roles as Howard County 9-1-1 Communication District Director and Dispatch Supervisor in order to save a substantial amount of money. According to Johnson, this was how the 9-1-1 District was originally set up to do.
Johnson told KBest News that they’ll be able to use that money toward other things, like having a standalone 9-1-1 Dispatch Center. His goal is to have the standalone building within 2 years. He noted that currently the dispatchers work in a cramped area with lots of equipment. With a standalone building, the Director and Assistant Supervisors will be able to office out the building and have the room and materials that they need.
During the meeting, it was brought to their attention that there are several addresses within the county that have been given out incorrectly. Johnson advised that anyone with new construction, or needing an address needs to contact 9-1-1 District Director Cherrie Burcham at 432-267-1900 to have one assigned.