(ATLANTIC) Another lengthy discussion was held at the Cass County Board of Supervisors meeting this (Wednesday) morning regarding the re-location of the 911 center within the courthouse.
Cass County Supervisor Mark Wedemeyer said the Public Safety Commission put forth a proposal to the Supervisors to either split the costs of a $2,500 feasibility study on certain areas of the courthouse or the Commission will pay 100 percent of the study if the supervisors agree to commit to moving the 911 center to either the garage near the Cass County Sheriff’s Office or the east wing of the 3rd floor.
Supervisor Chuck Rieken reacted by saying, “We need an engineering study on this courthouse for needs of the total courthouse, not specifically for one area.”
A meeting was held last week with the courthouse department heads and the only issues for space involved the County Attorney’s Office and space needed for the voting machines. All other departments were okay with what they had.
Cass County Auditor Dale Sunderman suggested a study that is feasible for a reasonable length of time into the future to accommodate the 911 Center and also the need to consider all technology. He said the telephone system and data processing hardware need to be in one area.
“We just need to know how much area it’s going to take for this equipment; Rob (Koppert) is working on that in this proposal… the thing is he needs to put in there enough room to handle all of the equipment, not just part of it,” said Sunderman.
The Supervisors asked Rob Koppert, 911 Director, to contact the officials conducting the study to set up a meeting to see what it would take to study the whole courthouse and a proposal is expected to be put on next week’s agenda for approval.
In other activity, the Supervisors held their first of two public hearings on the proposed amendment of County Ordinance 28: removal of parcels from the Amaizing Energy Urban Renewal area. There were no written or oral objections received during the hearing. The first reading of the amendment was approved and the final reading and adoption will take place on December 19th.