Future EMA 911 Building

By: Rachel Yonkunas Email
By: Rachel Yonkunas Email

Dothan City Commission’s EMA Board reviewed plans for a future 911 center. Members originally wanted to re-construct the old Mayer lighting building, but it was determined that building was unsuitable. Now, they've decided to build a new facility.

EMA 911 Coordinator, Steve Collins said he wanted to start aggressively looking into the process. He’s been in discussions with a construction company about potential designs.

"We could do a month to month contract, or we can set it up for a three to six month period and what we feel like would be necessary in the design and selection of the architecture,” acknowledged Collins.

The board needs two new centers and seven thousand square feet of land to build them. However, that comes at a cost.

"Fifteen hundred dollars per month plus fifteen cents per mile for travel time,” stated Collins.

At $250 per square foot, the total cost is an estimated $1.75 million.

"It's a little more money then I thought it would be,” added EMA Director, Clark Matthews.

Some board members pulled the reins, realizing the first step is to outline their goals.

Larry Williams, Chief of the Dothan Fire Department, suggested, “A written thing of what we want to do. Are we looking to acquire a piece of land, to move to an existing piece of land, or are we still trying to look out for structures? I just want to see something put together."

Together, they decided they need a work session to reconvene and discuss further details. Then, members will present their course of action to the district board. However, that meeting has yet to be determined.

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