(01/08/2002)
A resolution in support of locating a new Emergency Services Center for Calhoun at the Calhoun Middle-High School complex at Mt. Zion was passed last night at the Calhoun County Board of Education meeting. The center, which would house 911, Calhoun County Emergency Medical Services and the Office of Emergency Services, would likely be located behind the school near the new school bus garage.

The location is near the geographic center of the county.

OES Director Bill Stemple, who is also Calhoun's delegate to the West Virginia Legislature, has obtained $90,000 for the project. The current 911/EMS building at Mt. Zion is in serious disrepair, and cannot meet basic structural standards or fire codes.

Superintendent Ron Blankenship said the school system is also entertaining a proposition of locating a new State Police barracks at the entrance of the school on the old Morris property. The West Virginia Legislature is being asked for the funding.

Blankenship said the school is interested in locating the services on the property for security purposes. Concerning the Emergency Services Building, he said "We are happy to provide the land (free) to this worthwhile project." Members of the school board agreed.

The Calhoun Commission will make a final decision on the project, which is also supported by Calhoun EMS, 911 and OES.


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