Quorum Court approves upgrade for Sherriff
The Poinsett County Quorum Court approved a request by Sherriff Larry Mills to change their Internet service provider to Ritter Communications due to reoccurring issues with the current provider causing the new Smart 911 to be less effective.
"Our current internet service is not capable of handling the 911 service," said Mills. "People are getting kicked off three to five times a week."
With the state-funded Smart 911 being beneficial to the county, Mills urged the court to approve a fiber optic cable to be run to the Poinsett County Sheriff's Office. Not only is the poor Internet service causing problems with the 911 service, but it is causing several applications to be closed down throughout the day and kicking employees off of the network. Another problem is that the current service provided is unable to support the off site back-up system for the Sheriff's office that is required by auditors.
Two representatives from Ritter Communications were present to answer any questions the Quorum Court had and to explain the $12,500 cost of the new network.
"We do not really have a choice due to the interference with the 911 system," said Mills. "We need the upgrade."
In other business, the court heard an update from Poinsett County Judge Charles Nix on the landfill. Nix explained that the closure of the landfill had not been accepted because of weather conditions that had eroded a small portion of it that slopes. The court approved to extend the letter of credit for the landfill to have further work done.
Judge Nix also announced:
*in the recent audit, the county was found in compliance with all of Arkansas physical and financial laws.
*there will be a Veteran's Outreach Program from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 4.
*on Thursday, April 11, there will be a pesticide collection pick-up to rid of any chemicals at a shop across from the landfill.