County Administrator Kenny Eades brought the Northumberland Democrats up to speed last Thursday on the multitude of projects and activities currently taking place in the county.
While admitting that the process had not moved very quickly due to weather, Eades announced that construction of a new 12,000 square-foot Northumberland County Sheriff’s Office was under way.
Eades said costs for the project came to $1.8 million; he did share, however, that the county received a $150,000 grant to upgrade its enhanced 911 software. The new department will have the emergency operations center and a training room that may be used as a community room. Eades also spoke to the possibility of having board meetings in the new building.
As the county’s emergency services coordinator, Eades pointed to the possibility of the county hiring one to two paid emergency first responders to assist the county’s rescue squads, which are all-volunteer organizations, during the times when they cannot assemble a full crew.
“We’ve been meeting with the rescue squads for some time and discussing some of their issues,” said Eades. “One of the problems is … you have three people that run 80 percent of the calls….
—Read the full story in the April 2 issue of the Northumberland Echo!