By Ethan Colbert
Following their appointment by the Pike County Commission to the interim Pike County 911 Board, the seven members of the board meet for the first time as board members last week in the first-floor conference room of Pike County Memorial Hospital.
One of the first items of business on the group’s agenda was the election of officers. The following officers were elected: Don Hunter, Chairman; Kevin Keely, Vice-Chairman; Mary Millan, Secretary; Treasurer, Al Murry. Other members of the interim board are: Sheriff Stephen Korte, Larry LaFave, and Reesa VanHooser.
As was previously reported by the Times, the group will continue to serve until an elected board can be seated. The election for the Pike County 911 Board is scheduled to be held in April 2019. Individuals wishing to file as a candidate for the Pike County 911 Board will be able to do so at the Pike County Clerk’s Office beginning on December 11, 2018. The last day to file for the election would be January 15, 2019.
In their meeting, the group discussed retaining Frank Foster, an attorney from Jefferson City, as the group’s legal counsel. Foster, who currently serves as the county commission’s legal counsel regarding 911 services, has expressed interest in serving as the 911 Board’s attorney as well.
A vote is expected to be taken at the Aug. 29 meeting of the Pike County 911 Board to hire Foster. The Aug. 29 meeting will be in the first-floor conference room of Pike County Memorial Hospital in Louisiana.
The group also voted to set the tax rate for the 9/16 of one per cent at the tax ceiling of 9/16 of one per cent for the upcoming year. The tax rate must be set annually by September 1.