(Atlantic) Cass County 911 Director Rob Koppert addressed questions regarding the Communication Center's move to the lower level of the Cambridge Law Building at Monday night's Public Safety Commission meeting.
Koppert laid out a rough estimate for the timetable of the move.
"We've been requested by the attorney's to really not start renovations until after tax season. Most of where the dispatch center floor is, is currently there library and file storage area and it's full and I can understand not wanting to move all of that during their tax season."
Koppert explained why that also worked out well from his point of view.
"That actually is a benefit for us because if we start renovations after that, some of the things that I want to do as far as the new equipment is concerned, we can apply for up to what right now is a $50,000 grant but they are talking about it and it will probably come to pass that it will be rising to a $100,000 grant, but you have to apply for that and expend that money within the same fiscal year."
That gives them a full year to get the equipment in and make it operational.
"So I'm not really concerned that we aren't getting in there, that's fine. We
haven't come up with the timeline, I'd like to see us in there spring of 2015, but that's just kind of in my head... I'd like to start getting renovations started around June or July."
Koppert was asked about the down time while moving from one operation to the next and said it could be an issue, but by building an entirely new center they will be putting up a new 911 system and radio consoles to be fully operational in theory.