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Construction Proposed for New Carroll County 911 Headquarters

By Joel Washburn washburn@mckenziebanner.com
Posted 11/24/20

CARROLL COUNTY (November 18) — A new headquarters is proposed for the Carroll County Emergency Communications District (911 office) after the Board of Directors heard plans during a virtual …

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Construction Proposed for New Carroll County 911 Headquarters

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CARROLL COUNTY (November 18) — A new headquarters is proposed for the Carroll County Emergency Communications District (911 office) after the Board of Directors heard plans during a virtual meeting on November 18.

Kristy Meggs, Executive Director, said she is talking with Billy Dillahunty, owner of the land adjacent to the current headquarters about the purchase of seven-tenths of an acre for the possible construction of the new headquarters on Dillahunty Drive in Huntingdon. A preliminary architectural rendering indicates the building would have a conference room, offices, break room, plotter-printer room, storage rooms, and a hardened area, with reinforced concrete walls and roof, for dispatchers in case the dispatch center at the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office is damaged or if another pandemic occurs and dispatchers must be socially distanced.

Presently, the A-frame-shaped headquarters is too small to accommodate members during the monthly meetings of the board.

In other business, the board approved a maintenance contract with Thompson Power, with a branch in Camden, to service and maintain the electrical generator at the Carroll County dispatch office. The bid was $1,985. The lone other bid was from CAM Electric of Union City. The board approved Thompson because of the geographic proximity for quick response. CAM failed to give specifics of service in its proposal.

The Board provided $100,000 to the County of Carroll for the purchase of new emergency dispatch consoles as an “impact” payment. Originally, the costs of the consoles were expected to exceed that amount with the county paying the costs above $100,000. The final cost was approximately $90,000 and the 911 Board is seeking a reimbursement from the county for approximately $10,000.

A $200 monthly retainer for the services of Keeton, Keeton, and Keeton Law Firm was discontinued by the board members, who decided to pay legal fees as needed.

The Board’s annual Christmas dinner was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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