15 YEARS AGO: GROUND BROKEN FOR NEW 911 CENTER - Communications Equipment Purchased


911 Advisory Committee chairperson Jerry Riggs
checks-out groundbreaking of new center

8/2004 - After several years of trying to put a plan together, construction has commenced on a new 911 center at Mt. Zion. The building is located beside the county school system's central office behind Calhoun Middle-High School.

Hartshorn Construction of Mt. Zion was the only bidder on the $40,000 plus project. This week the footers were dug and blocks were laid.

The compact building will house the 911 center's equipment and there will be a small space for the Office of Emergency Services.

911 Director Joe Tanner said some of the recent $50,000 Homeland Security grant issued the county is being used to purchase two new consoles.

The grant is also purchasing six mobile radio systems for county law enforcement, including the sheriff''s department and the Town of Grantsville.

The radio system includes dual-band radios equipped with repeaters and portable radios, which allow officers to leave their vehicles and stay in contact with 911, said Tanner.

Riggs said the center will need additional funding to complete the project, including money to erect a radio tower.