911 dispatch to move

By BOB JOHNSON
Register City Editor


Allen County commissioners set Jan. 14 as the move-in date for 911 dispatch services at the United Electric Cooperative building, 410 N. State St.
Current dispatch employees will need to apply to become county employees when Allen County assumes control of the service Jan. 1.
Commissioners will immediately advertise for a director and will ask dispatchers to be involved in design work to refit the building for the dispatch center. An Emergency Operations Center, which would be manned when severe weather or other disaster was imminent or had occurred, will also be in the building. Eventually, an addition large enough to accommodate at least two ambulances and the director’s vehicle will be added.
Jason Nelson, director of Emergency Medical Services, handed commissioners preliminary sketches for how the building could be rearranged to accommodate living quarters, training and storage facilities for ambulance attendants.
No cost estimates for any of the changes have been made.
Commissioners first need to gather financial information, particularly for the dispatch center.
“We need at least a ballpark figure,” Works said.
Sheriff Tom Williams said local roofing contractor Ron Boren’s assessment was the building’s roof was fit for several more years. The roof had been a concern of commissioners.