(ATLANTIC) Members of the Cass County Public Safety Commission, Board of Supervisors, Emergency Management, 911 Center, Atlantic City Council, Sheriff’s Office and Police Department toured the old Sitel building on the southwest side of town this morning as they continue to seek options for moving the Communications Center.
Steve Livengood, with the Public Safety Commission, said the building offered a lot of flexible space that could house not only the Comm Center, but possibly even the Police and Sheriff's Departments. However, there were some issues.
“There are some things that aren’t out here that we need; garages for the vehicles, storage and evidence room. There may be some issues with the security because of the drop ceilings, the walls look solid but you can go right over the top of them. I think it’s definitely worth looking at,” said Livengood. “There is the fiber optic issue; it would have to be run because there isn’t anything here right now. There is a back-up generator issue; we don’t have that but there might be something we could work with on that. And, there was some discussion on whether the building is hard enough or not for tornadoes and flash flooding or whatever.”
Livengood said they are still looking at space in the courthouse and other buildings in town, but they need to find something that fits their needs soon.
“We will put on a second dispatcher in July, we have room in the Comm Center for two dispatchers but they have to be real friendly with each other, it’s very tight space there,” explained Livengood. “A huge problem we have in the courthouse is all of our equipment is scattered throughout the courthouse. It doesn’t take much space to put in that piece of equipment, but it would be nice if it was all in the same room.”