Douglas County commissioners Monday approved spending about $171,000 to make improvements to the enhanced 911 system so it can handle expected Year 2000 problems.
Jim Denney, director of emergency communications for the county, told commissioners his request was only the first step of an overall improvement plan that includes upgrading the emergency radio service and replacing outdated consoles.
He plans to come before the board later to request about $416,000 for the radio service improvements and $330,000 for replacement consoles, a total of about $917,000 with the software approved Monday.
According to a memo from Denney to the board, about $207,000 is already available in the budget, and another $364,000 will become available in January. Through 1999 and subsequent years, about $150,000 will be available each year, he said.