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
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.