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Wood County Commission hopes to buy building for 911 facility | News, Sports, Jobs

Wood County Commission hopes to buy building for 911 facility | News, Sports, Jobs

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The Wood County Fee will be creating an offer on the previous Suddenlink making with hopes of at some point building it the new 911 Centre. The commission agreed Thursday to make a $850,000 provide on the setting up which is found near the U.S. 50 and I-77 interchange and is also a small distance from the latest 911 Center on Main Highway. (File Photograph)

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PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Fee will be making an give on the former Suddenlink building with hopes of sooner or later creating it the new 911 Heart.

On Thursday, the commission unanimously approved a motion to make a $850,000 offer you on the creating near the U.S. 50 and I-77 interchange, which is also a quick length from the current 911 Centre on Main Street.

Fee President Blair Sofa claimed he feels the provide will be prosperous in obtaining the county staying ready to safe the facility.

“We seemed at it when about six months back,” he claimed. “(The operator) claimed they could possibly have an offer from another person else and it never panned out.”

Officers at first planned to include things like a 911 Centre in a new building they are hunting to build on the 170-foot by 170-foot footprint of the old county jail in downtown Parkersburg.

Couch claimed there had been added measures that would have to be taken to fortify the new making although it was being created. Issues also arose if the 911 Centre would suit very well in the new making in downtown.

The Suddenlink building’s previous use as a contact middle appealed to officers as it was now set up to do what the county required. Renovation perform could be performed to secure the dispatcher region and the creating supplied area to be able to do other matters, like voting equipment storage, the wellness department’s menace assessment capabilities and additional, all within just a secured facility.

“The Suddenlink making checks off a whole lot of packing containers,” Sofa explained.

The county has $1.6 million in its 911 fund for a new constructing and/or any renovation do the job.

Sofa stated the setting up is owned by an financial commitment group. The setting up had been vacant for a handful of yrs and it was rented to the Division of Well being and Human Sources wherever staff were being recently there on a short term foundation whilst their downtown constructing was being renovated.

“(The Suddenlink setting up) is a substantial sized constructing at all-around 18,000 square ft,” Couch reported.

Wooden County 911 Director Rick Woodyard mentioned engineers who have reviewed the site imagined it “was a very good fit” and “a no-brainer” for what the county necessary.

“There is a whole lot we can do within to fortify the dispatcher place,” Woodyard explained.

There ended up some problems with servicing the generator on web-site generating sure it can keep the ability needed for the web site, for each condition rules and the access road into the facility may perhaps require some do the job to allow for accessibility of particular unexpected emergency cars that will have to be tackled, County Engineer Maria Hardy claimed.

“There are a few points we will have to glance at,” she claimed. “We need to have to make sure everything is up to code presently.”

Commissioner Bob Tebay desires to see if they can get the routine maintenance documents on the creating from Suddenlink or the recent proprietors.

The county would approach to hold on to the old 911 middle as a location to household a backup technique with four dispatching stations that is at this time housed with the Town of Parkersburg, Couch stated incorporating relocating that to the old 911 heart will free up area in the metropolis setting up. The outdated making may well present business place the county demands.

Once the making is secured, the county will seem to architectural corporations to attract up plans and design and style the operate that wants to be carried out.

Brett Dunlap can be arrived at at [email protected]

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