9-1-1 Commission approves new addressing plan with some changes

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

The Saline County 9-1-1 Commission met Tuesday, Jan. 15, in Marshall, in a special meeting to finish business that could not be conducted at last week's meeting in Gilliam due to lack of a quorum.

Commission Member John Rieves' suggestion that the "abundant cash" in the commission's bank account be placed in an interest-bearing account was a good one, said Chairman John Fletcher, "but there are some limits on where government funds can be invested." The commission agreed to investigate those options.

The name and numbering plan that has been presented at recent meetings was officially approved for adoption by the commission, with several exemptions primarily in the area around Marshall, including Blue Bird Lane, Wildcat Road, Thompson Lane, Watermill Road and Mount Olive Road.

These roads and a few others will keep their long-established names.

The plan, including the exceptions, has been forwarded to Saline County Commission for their review and approval.

In a conversation Wednesday morning, Jan. 16, Fletcher said the commission's suggestions for site criteria will have to be made "pretty quick," since the time is growing short for construction of the facility. Fletcher said he hopes to get the input of local citizens on the location of the facility.

Fletcher again emphasized that all communities in Saline County will have an equal opportunity to make proposals about the facility once site and building criteria are agreed upon.

Fletcher said he doesn't anticipate the dispatch center to be an "elaborate" structure, adding that the "functional" aspect of construction is of primary importance.

He estimated a site size of about four acres will be required, in part because of the building size of 4,000 to 4,500 square feet, and also because certain pieces of the site must be kept separate.

For example, Fletcher said, any tower constructed must be some distance away from a helicopter pad, if one is added to the structure.

The next regular meeting of the commission will be at city hall in Malta Bend Thursday, Feb. 14, at 5:30 p.m.

Contact Kathy Fairchild at marshallhealth@socket.net

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