Webster County Judge Executive Steve Henry, speaking on behalf of the Webster County Industrial Development Authority (IDA), announced the name of the county's new Community and Economic Development director at Monday's fiscal court meeting.

County native Meredith Steiner will replace Summer Crick, who held the position for just four months after it was created earlier this year.

"I think the IDA made a great choice," Henry stated. "She's already been working. She has a great passion for the county and I think she will help get us to where we need to be."

The Community and Economic Development Director works for the IDA in conjunction with the judge's office to help coordinate both economic and community development within the county.

During Crick's brief tenure, she helped oversee planning for Webster County Blue Ribbon Days, and helped found WeAreWebCo, which helps to promote local business.

In other business, magistrates approved the purchase of new equipment for the 911 Dispatch Center in Dixon. The new GeoConex system comes with a price tag of $83,212, and will include new Computer Aided Drafting and mapping equipment.

The city of Providence upgraded its 911 center last fall, voting to approve the purchase of new equipment from GeoConex for $191,854.

Magistrates also approved a resolution that will allow Webster County EMA to enter into an agreement with the state EMA for the purchase of a new truck for emergency management. The state will fund half the cost of the $46,984 vehicle, which will replace the EMA's current vehicle. That vehicle will replace a troublesome truck currently used by Webster County Search and Rescue.

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