Claremore Daily Progress

Top Stories

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.

Text Only
Top Stories
  • Obama wants limits on US company mergers abroad

    Staking out a populist stand ahead of the midterm elections, President Barack Obama on Thursday demanded “economic patriotism” from U.S. corporations that use legal means to avoid U.S. taxes through overseas mergers.

    July 25, 2014

  • Local churches impact poverty

    Claremore First Christian Church, First United Methodist and the Pastoral Alliance are combining efforts to host a 16-week program, “Getting Ahead in a Just Getting by World,” based off of the national program — “bridges out of poverty.”

    July 25, 2014

  • Grand Jury recesses until August

    The multicounty grand jury charged with investigating accusations of misconduct by Rogers County officials recessed Thursday until August 19-21, saying it needed to hear from more witnesses before returning a finding in the matter.

    July 25, 2014

  • Former Sheriff’s deputy arrested

    The Rogers County Sheriff’s Office arrested ex-deputy Brian Kindle Wednesday after receiving multiple reports concerning his safety.

    July 25, 2014

  • Chelsea man receives 54-year sentence for child abuse

    A Chelsea man was sentenced to 54 years in prison Wednesday after he pleaded guilty to the charges of child abuse by injury and child sexual abuse.

    July 25, 2014

  • Rogers County Clerk sues The Daily Progress

    Rogers County Clerk Robin Anderson has filed a lawsuit against The Daily Progress and the newspaper’s government reporter Salesha Wilken.

    July 24, 2014

  • Band.jpg Local band loses everything on tour

    A Claremore band, The Last Slice, had $30,000 worth of equipment, instruments, merchandise and clothes stolen while on the East Coast Ska Revival tour in Miami, Fla.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • RSU among Top 15 Southwest schools for game development

    Animation Career Review ranked Rogers State University as the 12th best school in the Southwest for Game Design and Development. 

    July 24, 2014


    A search connected to a Rogers County cold case continued Wednesday at a Tiawah Hills property. Law enforcement agencies worked through the heat and elements in an attempt to locate associated evidence that could be used to explain the disappearance of a local woman 18 years ago.

    July 24, 2014

  • 34 OSBI agents graduate from investigative academy

    OSBI has graduated its 14th advanced investigative academy.

    July 23, 2014