ZANESVILLE, Ohio — The Muskingum Co. Sheriff’s Office is a step closer to implementing a new text-to-9-1-1 system. The County Commissioners have just approved money for the new system with the anticipation that they’ll receive a 60% reimbursement.
“The manufacturer could stop warrantying it, projects that it could go bad or start having problems with it, so we have been in the process of looking at getting it replaced. We’ve been waiting for specifically a federal grant to come out that would help pay for some of those costs. The new equipment we want to buy is around $161,000 and we have the ability to get 60% of that back through the grant,” says Sheriff Matt Lutz.
“The other good thing about this equipment is that it moves us into what we call the ‘next generation’ worth of 9-1-1 equipment. There are probably a few more bonuses to this equipment but the main bonus is that it adds the 9-1-1 texting,” Lutz adds.
The current equipment in the 9-1-1 center has been installed for about seven years. It’s about five years from obsolescence.
The state of Ohio is requiring all applicants for the technology grant, a federal pass-through, to prove they’ve paid for and successfully installed the equipment before they can be reimbursed.