Addresses being finalized for Columbiana 911

LISBON — Two parts of Columbiana County’s plan for enhanced 911 telephone service are expected to come together later this year.

Robert Emmons, project director for the county, said today that he will soon deliver a list of addresses to AT&T.

The addresses will show the boundaries of subdivisions that will be served by one of five answering centers in the county. The addresses were compiled by local fire departments.

The “enhanced” part of the plan means that police dispatchers will see the address of a caller on a computer screen.

The five answering points are the county sheriff’s office and the police departments in Salem, Columbiana, East Palestine and East Liverpool.

Under the plan, each will receive calls from specific subdivisions.

AT&T will double-check its list of addresses and phone numbers with the information compiled by the fire departments to make sure they agree.

Emmons said the county’s list may say an address is on Main Street while AT&T records show the address as being on Main Avenue. Any errors or problems will have to be fixed.

Work isn’t complete at the new dispatching centers at the Salem and East Palestine police departments.

Emmons said it may take until February or March to clarify the master list of numbers and addresses, and to complete the work on the dispatching centers to use them.

After the land-line issues are resolved, the county will turn to plans to provide enhanced service for cellular calls.

The project is about a year behind schedule because of delays in getting the boundaries compiled.

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