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Chase City sells off surplus properties

SoVaNow.com / February 14, 2018
Chase City Town Council held a public hearing Monday night to hear comments about the town’s plans to sell two pieces of property, at 8 and 12 East Fifth Street. Both sites “had dilapidated buildings which have now been removed and the grounds have been seeded,” Mayor Eddie Bratton explained.

No one spoke at the hearing, and this prompted Council to declare the two properties as surplus. They will be sold by sealed bid for a minimum bid of $4,000 for the two properties combined.

Council also agreed to increase the rent for hangar space at the town airport to $75 per month for single aircraft space. They agreed to re-evaluate the rate at the end of the year.

In other business, Ben Duncan, communications director of Mecklenburg County’s E911 program, shared a proposal for the town to participate in a countywide plan to upgrade the equipment used in and in conjunction with the dispatch center.

Duncan said the existing systems are out of date and town first responders have until 2020 to transition to a new records management system. There is no requirement that the towns purchase the same system the county is looking to acquire. But, the cost of the software and training will be less for the town if they join in.

The computer aided dispatch system (CAD) the county hopes to purchase comes with mobile mapping and a records management system for the officers that provides real time access to important data — is the person being stopped wanted for a major or minor infraction, is he or she potentially armed and dangerous, are there outstanding tickets, etc.

The mobile mapping aspect will enable operators in the E911 center to more quickly dispatch the nearest officer, firefighter or EMS unit to respond to calls, and provide better backup for officers on patrol and cuts down on radio traffic.

Duncan said communication between first responders and with the E911 center is more streamlined, which means the public gets better service.

Last year the E911 center managed calls for 500 users and processed 78,000 calls for service – emergency, administrative and alarm responses.

Duncan provided Town Manager Angela Lawrence with prices from four potential vendors which he said she could use as she prepares the town’s budget for FY 2019. For these are the best numbers available as the county has yet to settle on a vendor for this project. Duncan said he did not release these figures to the public as their intent to select a vendor through a competitive bid process.

The town held a first reading on an ordinance to collect $5 for each criminal or traffic case that arises from the Town Code, statues, and ordinances.

Updates were made to the Employee handbook. Bratton said the most significant policy change concerns the desire of a full-time town staff member to serve in an elected position. The staff member may run for and be elected to public office but must then resign his or her staff position in order to assume the elected office. This is necessary in order to avoid a conflict of interest.

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