Wirt 911 Center receives $191,306 from 911 funds

ELIZABETH – The Wirt County 911 Center received $191,306 from the Wirt County 911 Advisory Board after the approval by the County Commission Thursday, officials said.

Randy Lowe, director of the Wood/Wirt County 911 Center, said the money would benefit both Wood and Wirt counties. The counties 911 centers operate from the same location on Core Road.

The funds came out of the Wirt County 911 Center’s savings, which are separate from the county’s general fund and can only be used for 911 purposes, Lowe said. The federal and state governments make sure it is not spent for any other purposes, he said.

Lowe said money from the levy recently passed in the county would not be used toward the 911 center operations.

Wirt County subcontracts with the Wood County 911 Center to provide residents of Wirt County with equal 911 services. Wirt County pays a monthly fee for that service, including everyday operations, Lowe said.

The Wirt County 911 Advisory Board contacted Lowe after learning the 911 center was making an equipment upgrade and wanted to support the project.

Lowe will be presenting the check to the Wood County Commission on Monday during its meeting.

The week of April 14 is designated as National Telecommunicators Week.