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County renews agreement for One Call Now service

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By Laura Hagan

Members of the Oldham County Fiscal Court plan to extend the county’s agreement for the One-Call Now service.

Judge-Executive Duane Murner will sign the agreement after officials from the county’s six incorporated cities sign an interlocal agreement to extend service for four years. 

The service allows Emergency Management Director Kevin Nuss to send an automated phone call to every household in the county – or all residents who have signed up for the service – during emergencies or to alert residents of other important county-wide information.

One Call Now has been in place in the county for a little more than a year and the new agreement takes effect July 1. Nuss said he is waiting until all incorporated cities sign on for the agreement before the court signs. The rate for the four-year agreement is $16,400 per year for the next three years, with the fourth year free. The agreement will lock in that rate for the four-year period.

If budgetary constraints come in, Nuss said, and the expense cannot be justified, the contract may be cancelled at no expense.

Since the county purchased the service,  officials have used it once for an emergency – earlier this month to notify residents of a boil water advisory. 

The service has also alerted residents to road closings associated with the cycling route of the Ironman triathlon through Oldham County. 

Nuss said he didn’t use  the service during the January ice storms or in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike in September because so many residents lost electricity that he didn’t believe anyone would receive the call.

 

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