RESIGNATIONS ACCEPTED AND APPOINTMENTS MADE AT COUNTY BOARD
Two resignations were approved at the Bond County Board meeting Tuesday. County Zoning Administrator, Howard Elmore's last day will be April 30th. Board members voted to advertise for the position and accept resumes at the County Clerk's office through April 20th. County Board members then announced and approved a request by Sheriff Jeff Brown to appoint Chief Deputy Jim Leitschuh as the replacement for Stephanie Hays on the 911 board, due to her submitted resignation.
Other appointments to various boards included Dave Breiner as a trustee to the Pocahontas-Old Ripley Fire Protection District and Orville Mettler to the Three County Public Water District.
FIRST GIRL BORN AT GREENVILLE REGIONAL DURING GIRL SCOUT WEEK
Part of the activities of National Girl Scout Week, March 11-17th, in Bond County was recognizing the first baby girl born at Greenville Regional Hospital. Girl Scouts troops in Greenville, Pocahontas, Sorento and Mulberry Grove donated various baby items including blankets, diapers, bottles, toys, and clothes.
Kydin Marie Benson was born to proud parents Kyle Benson and Shandin Mongold, both of Hillsboro, Thursday March 15th. Kydin weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces and measured 21 inches. Paternal grandparents are Jeff and Nancy Benson, of Greenville and Tina Benson of Panama. Maternal Grandparents are Paul and Michelle Mongold, of Hillsboro.
Several representatives from various Bond County Girl Scout Troops were at Greenville Regional Hospital to present the gifts to Kydin and her parents.
VOICE OVER IP PHONES AND 911 CALLS
In November, Bond County's 911 system went on-line to receive Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) calls placed over the Internet. There are currently several residents in the county who use this type of service. According to 911 Coordinator Alan Davis, when a customer registers the phone, an actual address has to be associated with the service. The phone, however, can be used anywhere in the world with a computer and an Internet connection. This can cause a problem when calling 911.
And that's what happened to a St. Clair County 911 Dispatcher recently, when she quickly realized that a frantic caller on the 911 line was not in the surrounding area. The call was coming from Seoul, Korea. The family had registered the Voice Over IP phone in O'Fallon, prior to military service oversees, and didn't change the registered address. Through various departments and military channels, the Korean National Police were eventually contacted, and responded to render assistance to the caller.
Davis says this can happen anywhere at anytime. He comments that consumers need to remember to change the registered address of the phone, if they're moving, so if 911 assistance is ever needed, the call is placed to the correct center.