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  • Looking forward Camden County: Greg Hasty on generating E-911 revenue

  • “This question would appear to give the advantage to an incumbent, with access to the specifics of the new systems being installed. However, as a surveyor, now using my fourth generation of GPS based surveying equipment, I have some questions about the effective application of this system in Camden County under the curr...
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  • An update of the Camden County 911 system that is currently underway should resolve the majority of current technology issues, but that does not mean the pinch on county 911 services is over. According to 911 Director Sgt. Dave Edwards, the dwindling revenue from the county's 15 percent surcharge on land line phone bills has prolonged the department's use of an outdated program.
    What the candidates for presiding commissioner say:  Camden County is experiencing a decline in E911 revenue while undergoing major upgrades to improve communications and responses for cell phone users. What is the long-term solution and what role should the county commission play in that solution?
    Challenger Greg Hasty says:
    “This question would appear to give the advantage to an incumbent, with access to the specifics of the new systems being installed. However, as a surveyor, now using my fourth generation of GPS based surveying equipment, I have some questions about the effective application of this system in Camden County under the current conditions. The sellers of these systems routinely provide demonstrations of their equipment and software under ideal conditions. Real world application in Camden County will be far from ideal.
    “Experience tells me, using GPS/cell tower based location, for emergency response in Camden County will be effective in areas that have good cell tower coverage. This will be great for Camdenton, Osage Beach and Lake Ozark. The use of this system in Climax Springs, Lake Road 135-3, Montreal, and other outlying areas will present problems.
    “In these outlying areas, there is often no cell phone signal whatsoever. Additionally, deep valleys and dense canopy can block GPS signal. Deep valleys, with a dense cover of trees, are common in the rural areas of Camden County. With the current cell towers we have, there exist large areas without service. If you have no GPS signal, or no cell phone service, you may as well be on another planet. I’ve actually done a survey on land that directly joined the Climax Springs School. While there, I couldn’t make a phone call because there were zero bars on the cell phone. As a surveyor, I’m out in some of these outlying areas on a regular basis. I see retired couples in remote areas with no cell phone service at all. For them, until we have good cell service, a land line might be worth keeping.  To make the most of this E-911 investment, we need to be pushing for additional cell towers in the outlying areas of the county.
    “Having access to good cell phone service in Camden County goes beyond public safety. The economic potential of our county is suffering because of the lack of good cell service. These same areas also have no high speed internet access to world outside of the county. This is an area where I can see that the Lake of the Ozarks Council of Local governments could make a difference.
    Page 2 of 2 - “Regarding the decline in revenue, it is obvious that the legislation that enabled the E-911 systems of 15 years ago is as obsolete as the technology of 15 years ago. The legislation that funded our current our E-911 system is based on land lines. We need new legislation that will restore this tax revenue loss. Our county commissioners, need to be working with our state legislators to update our state laws. Local government should not have to shoulder additional financial responsibility, because obsolete laws are shifting revenue to other locations.”

     
    *Editor’s Note: Candidate responses were not altered in any way. Candidates were asked to keep responses to a 500-word maximum.

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