City council receives update on lightning damage
by Terra Temple
Jun 26, 2012 | 879 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Metropolis City Council heard an update Monday concerning damage done to the Metropolis Police Department after its radio tower and building were hit by lightning on June 11.

Police Chief Harry Masse said a claim has been assigned by the insurance company and so far the damage is around $25,766.

Masse stressed that figure does "not include some other stuff Mr. Davis is working on."

Immediately after the lightning strike, Keith Davis, the city's Office of Emergency Management coordinator, began tallying up the damage to the equipment — a figure that at the June 11 city council meeting had reached nearly $30,000 for recorders, a phone switch, the surveillance system, a radio, the radio control board and the scramble board.

Davis "has saved the city a ton of money in finding some spare parts and other things to work around the problem (including a control board). Right off the top, he's saved us right around $25,000," Masse said Monday. "He got us up and going real quick. I'm appreciative and I'm sure you guys are, too."

At press time, Masse said estimates for the total amount of damage are still coming in. He believes it may be around $40,000 as still on the list to be replaced are two or three computers, a control board and a recorder — around $18,000 in equipment. Costs may increase depending on the repair status of the department's control board, a spare for which Davis had on hand through 9-1-1.

In related business, the council approved to bond and ground the Metropolis Police Station's radio tower and building in the amount of $2238 from JMW Contractors.

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