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County Backs New e911 Buliding


Today the Houston County Commission approved a proposal to move forward with planning the combination of the new EMA center and the two dispatch centers.

But there is still a lot to be done before they break ground.

The city and county e911 centers are getting too small to work effectively.

"It's an efficiency thing right now county dispatch is the basement of the court house and its a very small area, the city is very crowded where they are we've been talking about this joint center for years it is just time that we moved forward with that the political climate is right the economic climate is right so it is time to move forward with something on it" said Houston County Commission Chairman Mark Culver.

Moving forward with an approximately 16,000 square foot, $6 million building, that will be on the corner of North Cherry and Adams streets.

"Well both of the communications centers for the city of Dothan and Houston County are out growing their space, they are old facilities particularly the city dispatch police dept dispatch is in and it is really about space requirements and the growth that has taken place over the years and for the dispatchers to do their job effectively," said e911 Director Steve Collins.

For right now the county has not put aside the funds to start the construction.

"Like I said no money was committed today just commit to the project design," said Culver.

And even though the blueprint has not been drafted, the next step is critical.

"At this point it is a go to look for architects, move down the next path and begin that negotiation process of who is going to pay for what," said Culver.

A process that will help relieve the center and help the county better serve the community.

Although the two e911 centers will be in the same building, they will still function as two separate operations.

The building is set to open in 2 years.


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