OHIO NENA Chapter Meeting


February 1st 2006


Signature Inn, Columbus


The February 1st 2006 Ohio NENA Chapter meeting was called to order by President Carol Armitage followed by the pledge of allegiance.

President Armitage explained that Wanda Steiner was unable to take leadership as President so Carol will preside over today’s meeting. The State NENA Board voted that the Vice President-Monte Diegel will take over as president and Kim Brandt will move up from secretary to Vice President. Rose Chambers has been appointed as Chapter Secretary.


PRESENTATION: There was a presentation by Chris Mizera of Vonage.  Chris is to be our contact for VOIP 9-1-1 issues his office number is 732-202-5440 fax number is 866-817-7128 E-mail is chris.mizera@vonage.com

http://www.vonage.com/psapcenter/ is their web page.

Chris talked about several VOIP issues such as address verification, all Vonage call takers are APCO 33 trained. Vonage is partnered with Level 3 Communications and TCS for call steering for selective routing. Vonage is doing what they can to pay surcharges. Currently Hocking and Delaware County are live with Vonage as well as Wilmington PD.


Interim State 9-1-1 Coordinator Shawn Smith had to leave the meeting early so he gave his report at this time:

·        Van Wert County has been approved for wireless funding.

·        Senate Bill 9 has passed.  February 13th or later planning committee/Review Board etc. can approve amendment to final plan for wireless funding.

·        Ashtabula County was on PUCO agenda today to be approved for wireless funding.



There were no additions or corrections. Minutes were approved by a motion of Roger Hixson second by Greg Wenz. Motion passed.


TREASURERS REPORT: Was read by Carol Armitage due to Val DeRose absence.

A new tape recorder has been purchased for the Chapter.

Checking Balance__575.18_ Savings Balance__5353.63__ Total Balance_5928.81_

Motion to approve report: Brad Brubaker second by Ron Bien Motion passed





·        TDC Conference in Orlando Florida


·        Critical Issues 9-1-1 Goes to Washington in March


·        GEO Spatial in Nashville


·        25th Annual Conference in Pittsburgh June


·        TTY recommendations is on National website


·        Interim solution I2-is out after public review in December


·        Look for a major redesign of National NENA website soon




Fran Sloan of National NENA gave update for wireless implementations across the US:


70.3% of US counties have Phase 1

42% have some Phase 2 also NENA is doing cost studies to find out what is needed funding wise to get all counties to Phase 2


Michael Warren and Bob Cobb gave update on ENP testing. It has moved to electronic format. NENA website has a form to determine eligibility for testing.




District 1 - Brad Brubaker- reported that Van Wert County has had final plan approved to receive wireless assistance.

Mercer County is having free in service March 29th at Wright State Lake Campus


District 2 - Bob Emmons- Ashtabula County has submitted their final amended plan for wireless assistance. Documents can be seen on PUCO website. Columbia County plans to cut this year in June or July

District 3 - Ron Bien - No report

District 4 - Bo Keck -Still two counties with no 9-1-1



Committee REPORTS:


Bill Hinkle met yesterday with APCO training committee about Ohio dispatch standard. It is a serious concern to Bill that Ohio doesn’t have a dispatch standard. Bill is interested in pursing legislation to establish a dispatch standard for Ohio.

Ken Borror   will be working on mandatory education with Bill Senate bill 9 passed. We will need to be addressing the current sunset for 361 and VOIP issues. We need state wide standards rather than county by county.


Mel Meloy gave update on next conference meeting looking for vendors and volunteers. Next State Conference will be March 25th to 28th 2007 at the Holiday Inn Worthington

Gold Star:

Greg Wenz reported that the next Gold Star awards banquet will be at noon on April 11th at the Marriott Columbus North. Greg thanked the selection committee for their involvement.



Mel Meloy installed new officers- Monte Diegel as President, Kim Brandt as Vice President and Rose Chambers as Secretary

At this point Monte Diegel took over as President and conducted the rest of the meeting. He thanked Carol Armitage for all her hard work as President.


Mel Meloy thanked everyone for prayers and condolences during the tragedy Fairfield County recently experienced

Monte Diegel explained TERT meeting coming up. Monte would like to create such a team for Ohio.

No further business was brought forward


Next meeting is May 3rd


Meal provided today by Vonage.


Motion to adjourn by Mel Meloy, second by Bo Keck Motion carried.