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911 center to hold open house

The St. Francois County 911 Board is holding an open house and dedication ceremony to provide members of the community an opportunity to take a tour of the new Alan Wells Joint Communication and Emergency Operations Center (EOC).

The open house will take place from noon to 4 p.m. April 25, with the dedication ceremony being held at noon. Lunch is provided.

The center, located at 102 Industrial Drive in Park Hills, was built in the 1990s and over time became too small to continue housing 911 operations. Due to declining income derived from a tax on landline phones, the 911 department found itself in an increasingly tight financial pickle making it more difficult for the department to meet personnel expenses, as well as maintain and update equipment as needed.

Director Alan Wells and members of the 911 board of directors knew something had to be done in order for emergency operations in the county to survive. A three-eighths of a cent sales tax was overwhelmingly approved by St. Francois County voters in November 2014. 

The $2.5 million construction and renovation project began about a year ago, with Brockmiller Construction of Farmington completing the work in two phases. The first phase involved the construction of new space to house the central dispatch control center.

Along with the expanded space, the room was updated with new Computer-Aided Dispatch (CAD) software and state-of-the-art equipment to bring it up to spec for both current and future use. The second phase involved the gutting of the original building’s interior. The former central dispatch control center was turned into a meeting room for use by the EOC, which up until that time had no official place to meet.

“We want to invite the community to come out and see our updated and expanded facility that will allow us to better provide service to those in need of law enforcement, fire, ambulance and other lifesaving assistance,” Wells said. “This is why we asked voters to approve the sales tax several years ago and we’ve made every effort to use the money wisely and will continue to do so in the future.”

For more information about the event, contact Wells or Assistant Director Tina Harris at 573-431-7842.

The recently completed Alan Wells Communications and Emergency Operations Center in Park Hills will hold an open house for the public between noon and 4 p.m. April 25. A dedication ceremony will take place at noon.

The recently completed Alan Wells Communications and Emergency Operations Center in Park Hills will hold an open house for the public between noon and 4 p.m. April 25. A dedication ceremony will take place at noon.

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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