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November 16, 2013

Greenbrier Commission considers 911 fee hike

LEWISBURG — The Greenbrier County Commission is considering a 50-percent increase in the fee that provides funding for the 911 center.

The rate hike is necessary, according to Emergency Management Director Al Whitaker, to fund upgrades at the center and updates to the county’s communications tower network.

Whitaker told the commission Tuesday that it probably will cost between $50,000 and $70,000 each to update the network’s eight tower sites. In addition, the 911 center’s telephone system needs a digital upgrade, which carries a price tag of between $150,000 and $175,000, Whitaker said.

The 911 Advisory Committee unanimously approved forwarding the fee increase recommendation to the commission, according to county Commissioner Woody Hanna, who serves on that committee.

The monthly $2 fee that now appears on Greenbrier County land-line telephone customers’ bills will rise to $3 a month, if the hike is adopted.

The commission set a public hearing on the issue for 10 a.m. Dec. 17. The commission’s only regular meeting in December will immediately follow the hearing.

Commissioners will also hold their Nov. 26 meeting at the special time of 10 a.m.

A decision on whether to close courthouse offices on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve was postponed until after Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announces the state’s holiday schedule.

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