The Calhoun Commission will be visiting several counties looking at emergency centers,
according to President Larry McCallister. The location appears to be between two
locations, the Hamilton lot on High Street in Grantsville and Dye's Garage on Phillip's
"We have asked the public to present other options," he said.
The Commission voted to proceed with purchasing the Hamilton lot in Grantsville, related
to a friendly condemnation proceeding, with Prosecutor Tony Morgan looking at the legal
issues. The Commission would then make a final decision.
911 Director Barry Pitts gave a report on the feasibility of radio communications using
either the Hamilton or Dye sites. He said Miller Communications could see no problems
with the Hamilton site, connecting with the county communication system.
Commissioner David Barr says he feels the building should meet federal and state
standards for the important service. Barr says he is confident the money can be obtained
for the project, which he says could cost $250,000. "This secure building must last through
this century," he said.
Commission President Larry McCallister was more conservative with his view, and stated
he felt the money should be in place before construction begins.
The Knott's Memorial United Methodist Church's official board has offered the property
without dissent. The large lot has been offered for $10,000. McCallister said the final
decision was yet to be made on the project.
The Dye property, which has two buildings, can reportedly be purchased for $100,000, but
could require an additional $65,000 to $85,000 to make it operational, according to Office
of Emergency Services Director Bill Stemple.