Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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April 15, 2013

Dispatch calls for sheriff's department increase by 3K

CROSSVILLE — Members of the Central Communications Committee met for its April quarterly meeting; however, there weren't enough members to make a quorum for an official meeting.

Communications Director Donald Buttram reported calls were up considerably for the Cumberland County Sheriff's Department and something may have to be done if they continue to increase.

"Part of what's happening is the amount of calls from Fairfield Glade security that go through dispatch has increased. It's working heavy on the sheriff's office dispatcher. If it keeps going we may have to have them on their own dispatcher," Buttram said.

He reported the number of calls to the sheriff's department had increased from 10,300 last quarter to 13,327 for the first quarter of 2013.

"That's a tremendous increase," Buttram said.

However, calls for the Crossville Police Department had decreased from 9,039 in the last quarter to 8,229 in the first quarter of 2013.

Cumberland County EMS calls had increased from 2,805 to 2,919.

Buttram said that he and Eric Ritzman, 911 I.T. director, were looking at the number of calls and if it continued he would come back to the CCC with information and a recommendation.

Buttram also reported all dispatchers had completed CPR training and were all certified.

The group who attended the meeting also looked at the Central Communications 2013-'14 proposed budget.

The total budget is $880,150.92, which is an increase of $15,600 above last year's budget.

The increase is for step raises for county employees and a three percent COLA cost of living adjustment.

The funding for Central communications is split three ways between the city of Crossville, Cumberland County and the 911 board.

Each will fund $293,383.64, according to the proposed budget, which is an increase of $5,200 per governmental entity.

The majority of the budget, $605,516, goes toward salaries for 24 full-time 911 dispatchers and two part-time dispatchers.

Committee members who were present didn't think the slight increase would be much of a problem.

Those who attended the meeting were Cumberland County Mayor Kenneth Carey Jr.; Buttram; Everett Bolin, 911 board chairman; Ritzman; and Assistant Communications Director and secretary Angela Petree.

Members who were unable to attend the meeting included Sheriff Butch Burgess; city of Crossville Police Chief David Beaty and Fire Chief Mike Turner; Cumberland County Fire Chief and EMS Director Jeff Dodson; Emergency Management Director Keith Garrison; and Assistant EMA Director Jill Lewis.

The next quarterly meeting of the CCC is scheduled for July 2 at 9 a.m. at the E-911 Communications Center.

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