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Commission hears more information on notice system

The Pike County Commission took another step in the consideration of a mass notification system on Monday by hearing from a representative from the company.

Andrew Gutteridge, senior director of sales for Rave Mobile Safety, spoke to the Pike County Commission on Monday about the Rave alerts system and its functionality.

Gutteridge answered a slew of commissioner’s questions about the system.

One thing Gutteridge outllined is the speed of the system, noting that it can send 6,000 text messages a second and nearly as many emails. He explained that voiuce calling is the slowest of the three primary tools, but did not specify how fast the calls are delivered.

Gutteridge explained the overall speed of the system with an example.

“When Ohio State had a truck hit a building on their campus and then had someone stabbing people with a knife, the system reached 99 percent of the university’s 70,000 students within five minutes,” Gutteridge said.

The commision asked Gutteridge to come back with a presentation for all of the department heads so that  everyone in the county could understand how it functions.

The commission also considered a resolution to support a state measure that would apply a 3 cent gas tax over 15 years to help local counties fund road repairs.

The commission decided not to approve the resolution at the meeting though, with District 6 Commissioner Russell Johnson calling it “putting a Band-Aid on a long-term problem.”

The county also approved to fund Raodside Inc. for spraying vegetation and consulting with the Road Department for $9,000.

The commission will meet again on February 13.