As the construction and renovation project at the St. Francois County 911 Communications Center moves closer to completion, members of the county's 911 board of directors heard an update from several sources on the progress of its final stages.

At the conclusion of board treasurer Ginger Taylor's financial report, she noted that 2017 has been a year of "significant change" for SFC 911.

"We're very proud of the facility and the work that Brockmiller [Construction] has been doing over there," she said. "I was able to get over there recently and see kind of the final stage — the look of the IT room and the dispatching room — it's just so amazing.

"I'm grateful that the citizens and the community supported that sales tax initiative and we're seeing those things happen. I know that [911 Executive Director Alan Wells] is happy to get out of that bus. His office space and the space the girls both have now just makes everything more productive. It makes people want to work and feel like they're in a place where they can do their very best."

Board Chairman Ron Bockenkamp offered praise for the construction company and others involved in the project.

"We have repeatedly made — and correctly so — positive comments about the Brockmiller participation in this undertaking, but I think we also have received excellent response from the various vendors, other than Brockmiller. I don't think we've encountered any serious issues with them. Of course, all of the recommendations as to vendors was presented to this board by our director and his staff.

Operations and Construction Committee Co-Chair Todd Mecey offered his thoughts on the project's progress as it enters the homestretch.

"We had our progress meeting and everything's on track," he said. "Everything seems to be on schedule the last we heard."

Director Wells added, "On the renovation of the old part, they have the drywall up. They've got it all taped up right now, so they'll be starting painting on that this (this) week ..."

"Allison's office is all taped in — the new reception office is coming together. It's looking now like it's becoming one facility ... I think they're well on track to have this thing wrapped up by the first week in January."

Following Wells' update, the board unanimously approved the ninth payout to Brockmiller in the amount of $71,875.80.

Kevin Jenkins is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3614 or kjenkins@dailyjournalonline.com

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