Tech-savvy Horn Lake official joins DeSoto 911

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HERNANDO, Miss. (AP) — The Horn Lake Police Department's network administrator is the newest member of DeSoto Emergency 911 District Commission.

Michael Norris replaces Horn Lake police chief Darryl Whaley, The Commercial Appeal (http://bit.ly/12kG4KW) reported.

One of Norris's first actions was to vote on a proposal to replace the battery backup systems at three of the district's four cell towers.

The seven-member panel voted unanimously Wednesday for the low bid of $66,297 from Tupelo-based 3-Point Technologies. The package includes a one-year warranty extension and quarterly preventive maintenance visits.

Commission chairman Bill Dahl says the old units, called uninterruptable power supplies or UPSs, are worn out.

The systems are designed to keep a tower working during the critical interim when regular power is lost, such as in a severe storm or other disaster, and before emergency generators kick on.

"We had the choice of just replacing the UPS batteries, but that wouldn't be a good use of funds with the units at the end-of-life stage," said Dahl. "Now we'll get new systems, which also will be compatible with the radio system we'll be installing."

The system plans the new radio system by 2015.

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Information from: The Commercial Appeal, http://www.commercialappeal.com

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