(07/02/2002)
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 Run.

"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.


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