(Atlantic) Cass County E-9-1-1 Director Rob Koppert is asking the Cass County Public Safety Commission to step up their efforts in finding a new location for the communications center. Koppert told the commission Monday afternoon that a firm date for all public safety answering points in Iowa to have in place a fully compliant next generation 9-1-1 system by December 31, 2015. Koppert says the date is mandated to allow the elimination of costly duplication trunks to deliver wire line calls. Koppert says a $50,000 or maybe even a $100,000 grant will be available and he feels it is essential that Cass County Participate in this grant program.
The Cass County 9-1-1 Center is too small and the County Supervisors have been searching for a new location. Monday, Cass County Supervisor Gaylord Schelling announced that the County is moving forward with a purchase contract agreement to buy the Cambridge Law Firm Building located just across the street from the current Communications Center. The goal is to have the acquisition secured by the end of the year.
Meanwhile, the next decision will be whether or not to move the Comp. Center across the street into the new building or create more room in the courthouse and re-located the Assessor and Engineers Offices. Koppert says he doesn’t care what goes where; he just wants it done the right way.
“Quite frankly I don’t care where the Comp. Center is and if is cheaper to keep it in the courthouse so be it, or over at the new building, so be it,” stated Koppert. “I want to treat is as this is where the Communication Center is going to reside for the next 20-or-30-years at least.”
Commission member Steve Livengood said it appears it would be cheaper to keep the Communication Center in the courthouse. Koppert says there are pros and cons.
“Obviously proximity to the Sheriff’s Office, and the fact that this is somewhat of a hardened building,” said Koppert.
Koppert’s plan for construction of a new 9-1-1 Center is to install both a new NG911 telephone system, radio system and other equipment so that a switchover from the old center to the new center can take place in as seamless manner as possible and with little or no disruption of services to the citizens of Cass County.
The Supervisor’s are waiting on the engineers cost estimates before they decide which direction to go with the Communication Center.
November 26, 2013