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County Commission Approves New 911 System

The Roosevelt County Commissioners held their regular public meeting Tuesday, Dec. 18, at the commissioners’ office in Wolf Point. A proposal to purchase a new 911 call- taking system was considered and unanimously passed by the commissioners.
According to commissioner Gordon Oelkers, the current 911 system is over 10 years old. Oelkers and the other commissioners agreed that replacing the system was essential to avoid an interruption of services.
The cost of the new system is $136,000, plus an additional $9,000 in related costs, for a total of $146,000.
Oelkers said, “The next bid was $100,000 more expensive.”
The meeting opened with public comment from Bill Juve of Wolf Point, who inquired about the possibility of contacting Dish Network and satellite TV providers so local subscribers can receive regional Montana news broadcasting instead of the North Dakota news stations currently programmed for the area.
Commissioner Gary Macdonald seemed amenable to the request. He told The Herald-News, “We can request that the boundaries be changed. But I would want to hold a public meeting to see how people feel first.”
During administrative issues, the commissioners approved the resignation of Sam Austin and Jeff Neubauer. Austin has taken another job and Neubauer is retiring.
Annual pay raises were approved for health department employee AJ Allen and maintenance employee Donna Block.