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October 2, 2012

County downsizing E911 center

Building to be 4,000 sq. ft. as originally planned

CLAREMORE — The Rogers County Commissioners voted Monday to strike all bids received on the E911 Center after the total cost exceeded $3.4 million.

 “All three of us have talked individually with BKL and Flinco on this project.  It has been found that there is no way the size of the building can be built at this size for the amount of money that we have,” Commissioner Dan DeLozier said.
Taxpayers voted in December of 2008 to levy a .167 percent sales tax to construct the new courthouse and E911 center.
The center was originally designed to be approximately 4,000 sq. ft. and cost $1.6 million.
Through the past two years and after much discussion regarding the location and size, the center was modified to approximately 7,800 square feet.
No additional funding was available despite the change in plans, DeLozier said.
“I never voted to support the increase,” DeLozier continued. “We are going to have to get back to the original size of the building.”
DeLozier could not provide the additional costs that would be involved with this change.
Engineering had been completed on the plans for the larger facility and it was not until the bids were received recently that the issue was discussed.
Now the county will go back to the original floor plan. New plans, bids and engineering will have to be completed.
Taxpayers will be paying for the new engineering work as well as what has already been completed, although no estimates are available at this time.
In the meantime, the commissioners will be looking for office space for emergency management officials.
“We are looking at the courthouse and the jail,” DeLozier said. “We just don’t know yet.”
The E911 size increase was put into place after emergency management services for the county were added to center last year.
The issue came to light after architects working on the new courthouse modified the plans to accommodate administrative offices.

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