Boone County Ramping Up Preparations for New 911 Center

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COLUMBIA - With a proposed opening date for the new Boone County 911 Center in 2015, Boone County officials said Wednesday they are ramping up preparations for the new center.

The county wants to add one additional dedicated call-taker position at the existing 911 center, even before the new center opens. Currently there is one dedicated call-taker position at the Joint Communications Center and this second position will help reduce hold time. Because the position must be staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, this would mean hiring five additional employees to fill the job.

 County commissioners have appointed Commissioner Dan Atwill to oversee the project for the county. The county will be sending out a request for proposal (RFP) in the next days for an outside project manager to handle the design and construction of the new facility

Boone County Treasurer Nicole Galloway, who helped set the project timeline, noted that the county will begin collecting the 3/8 cent sales tax in October and will begin receiving funds in January 2014. She said the county expects to receive $2 million from the sales tax in that first payment and about $9.3 million by the end of next year. Sometime next year, the county will stop collecting the current landline tax for the 911 center.

 The 24,000 square foot facility will be located on open land by the Boone County Sheriff's Department and the county jail.