The Calhoun Commission moved forward on building a new emergency facilities center for the county. The center would house 911, EMS and OES, replacing the Mt. Zion facility which is in serious disrepair.

The Commissioners asked E-911 Director Barry Pitts to research the technical solutions and costs of moving and providing radio communication equipment at the Hamilton site in Grantsville.

They also decided to visit some new emergency centers in rural counties, before embarking on the project.

President Larry McCallister said he felt the money should be in place before construction begins.

Commissioner David Barr states the old Hamilton lot on High Street in Grantsville is the best site for new construction. The large Hamilton lot has been offered by the Knotts Memorial UM Church at a greatly reduced price of $10,000.

The Gary Dye Garage on Phillip's Run has been suggested by OES Director Bill Stemple. That property is available for $100,000. Stemple said "The final decision is up to the Commission."

Stemple, who is also a member of the House of Delegates, says he has raised $90,000 for the project.

McCallister said several other sites have been considered, but have essentially been discounted for various reasons. He said if there are other suggestions, the commissioners would like to hear about them by the next meeting on July 1.

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