After a bomb threat, which turned out to be a hoax, was made at the Medical Office Building at Phelps County Regional Medical Center last week, Phelps County Courthouse officials want to review their emergency preparedness plans.
During the county commission’s meeting Thursday, Presiding County Commissioner Randy Verkamp suggested having Sandy North, county emergency management director, review with county employees what to do in case of an emergency, such as a bomb threat, fire or tornado.
Commissioners and Carol Bennett also discussed ways to communicate such threats to county employees as well as any public individuals who are in the courthouse at the time of an emergency.
The county may look at ways to send out mass notification alerts through email, text messages, office phones and cellphones or a combination of methods.
Bennett talked to the Missouri University of Science and Technology about their mass notification Thursday.
In other business
• Also this past week, commissioners approved a motion to set the speed limit for all vehicles traveling on County Road 5180 at a maximum of 35 mph. The road is located south of Rolla between U.S. Highway 63 and State Highway O.
• The commission also approved making the intersection of County Roads 1000 and 1190 in northeastern Phelps County a four-way stop as requested by Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) Sgt. Dottie Taylor.
• County commissioners approved awarding a bid for the sheriff’s department to Advanced Exercise Equipment, the sole bidder on a treadmill, in the amount of $4,994.
• The commission approved renewing a $3,950 contract with ESRI for the county assessor’s GIS system.
• Commissioners approved renewing the Children’s Trust Fund contract for the county health department in the amount of $10,332.
• The commission authorized the county treasurer to solicit bids for certificates of deposits, which expire on July 1, 2013.
• The commission authorized the county family court to seek requests for proposals for supervised visitation and safe child custody exchange services.
• Commissioners approved a motion for the county to pay the same percentage on Medicare supplement policies for any county employee retiring with 25 years of service to the county who becomes Medicare eligible prior to age 65 as the county pays for non-Medicare eligible employees retiring with 25 years of service until they are Medicare eligible.