WALKER -- Cass County Enhanced 911 is totally operational for about 47 percent of the county, but the section running through Walker and some outlying areas may not be complete until the end of this year.
Don Hoppe, Enhanced 911 consultant, told the county board Tuesday only two of the county's nine telephone service companies have completely entered 911 data into their computers.
Those are TDS Telecom and Consolidated. They serve customers from Ten Mile Lake and Woman Lake near Hackensack to the south county border and in rural areas around Emily.
Johnson Telephone, serving customers around Remer and a large portion of northeast Cass, expects to complete data entry by sometime in February, Hoppe said.
East Otter Tail Telephone serves another large area along the south shore of Leech Lake, including Walker. That company installed a new computer system to prepare for Y2K. Now that concerns have passed, East Otter Tail is beginning to enter Enhanced 911 data, he said.
Those entries probably will take time, however, because that company's service area includes 11 counties in addition to Cass, Hoppe said.
US West, serving most of the Gull Lake area, Cass Lake and a corner of southwest Cass, has not made data entries to date, he said.
Emily Telephone Co. is waiting for Crow Wing County to complete E911 rural addressing. Paul Bunyan Telephone is waiting for the same from Itasca County, as West Central is from Wadena County.
Arrowhead is waiting for Hoppe to clarify 30 addresses around Bena before entering data.
Enhanced 911 requires a combination of assigning addresses for all buildings in a county (completed in August 1998 in Cass), entering data on the sheriff's department computer system (completed in mid-1999 in Cass) and entering data on each telephone company serving in the county.
Tuesday, the Cass board approved hiring a new technical support employee in the Management Information Systems Department to keep address records current as properties change hands and new construction takes place here.
There are 17,950 addresses issued in Cass County townships and 4,434 in cities today. More than 3,000 roads have been named as a part of the addressing system, Hoppe said.
Since the county issued rural addresses in August 1998, 70 petitions have been presented to the county board to seek changes to road names. The board has accepted changes on 60 roads and has tabled one more for further consideration.
Dec. 31, 1999, was the final date to seek a road name change.
All signs on roads and at driveways were installed by July 1999. A county highway department sign technician was hired in 1999 to install new signs as new construction takes place.
Sheriff's department dispatchers can locate on computer screen the location from which people call for emergency services, showing the owner or occupant of that property now that all addressing data is entered in the sheriff's system.
When all data also is entered by telephone companies, calls will be routed directly to the Cass County Sheriff's Department when 911 is dialed.
Until that time, some calls may be routed through a neighboring county such as Crow Wing, because some Cass County residents have a Brainerd area or other neighboring telephone exchange.
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