(11/19/2002)
The Calhoun Commission discussed the proposed Emergency Services Building, with the Commission passing a motion to proceed with the planning of the project, after three groups did not respond to a request made at last month's meeting.

The Commission had sent a letter to the 911 Director Barry Pitts, Office of Emergency Services Director Bill Stemple, and Emergency Medical Services Director Randy Burgess, asking those agencies to have a meeting and give input into the project.

Concerns had been expressed by some of the entities regarding the location of a new center on the Hamilton lot in Grantsville, possibly wanting to keep the center in the Mt. Zion area.

Outgoing Commissioner David Barr said "Concerns about the radio system not operating in Grantsville are not valid. He said the Hamilton lot was inexpensive, flat, with ready access to utilities. "If there are doubts about the selection, the friendly condemnation should not proceed."

Commissioners McCallister, Barr and Weaver voted two months ago to utilize the Hamilton site.

Several public hearings regarding the site selection have been held, with little community input. OES Director Bill Stemple had favored a site behind the Calhoun Middle/High School or the Dye Garage located at the foot of Barr Hill, just north of the present facility.

Knott's Memorial United Methodist Church offered the Hamilton property in Grantsville for $10,000. Commissioner Barr said the large lot is valued several times that amount.

The proposed location behind the Mount Zion school was met with considerable opposition, related to emergency traffic flowing through the school's parking lot, next to the main building.

A proposal by Mark Shock of Mount Zion next to the current 911/EMS building was briefly considered during a session which was designated to make a decision.

Calhoun EMS would continue to operate the sub-station at Minnora.

The current 911/EMS facility is in disrepair and does not meet minimal standards for operation for an emergency center.

The Commission requested the Board of Education to pass a resolution to allow the county to rent the old bus garage at Wayne Underwood Field, to help defray utility costs.

The Commission discussed not having enough money to pay the Dog Warden, with the goal to only take care of dogs that are creating a dangerous problem.

A motion was made for a change of scope for the use of $5000 by the Grantsville VFD.

See earlier story related to the development and use of Wayne Underwood Field.


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