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Monongalia County’s new 911 heart to come back on-line in early 2024

MORGANTOWN — Monongalia County’s new 911 dispatch heart might be three months from completion, however it already has a pulse. 

Actually. 

The lighting embedded within the ceiling of the decision heart within the fortified core of the construction resembles the jagged peaks and valleys of a coronary heart monitor readout.  

“I didn’t even know that was being put in,” Monongalia County Emergency Administration Director Jimmy Smith mentioned throughout a latest tour of the ability.  

“If you concentrate on it, it’s very applicable. The 911 dispatch heart is the heartbeat of emergency providers within the county.” 

Someday in early 2024, the $10 million facility will exchange the county’s current 5,000-square-foot MECCA 911 constructing, inbuilt 1997 on Mon Basic Drive. 

Not solely will the brand new constructing greater than double the house accessible for operations, it’ll sit subsequent to an accompanying 9,600 square-foot storage. 

The location will serve day-to-day as the center of the county’s emergency operations, however it’s being constructed to fill the position of a regional emergency response command heart. 

It’s basically a mountaintop bunker. A constructing inside a constructing. 

The outside partitions are blast resistant. Inside, you’ve a hoop of workplace house circling a second block construction containing the decision heart and the emergency operations heart. Each door and window offering entry to that central core are bullet proof.  

With the flip of a change, the EOC could be diverted onto its personal inside water provide and air flow system. 

All the four-acre property perched above Mountaintop Beverage within the Morgantown Industrial Park might be fenced and gated. 

“God forbid, if all hell breaks unfastened. They will keep in right here. They don’t have to come back out of that room,” Smith mentioned. “This place could be fully locked down.” 

Monongalia County Commissioner Sean Sikora mentioned the county checked out a number of potential constructing websites earlier than touchdown at MIP. 

The higher industrial park location is an ideal match for a lot of causes.  

One, it’s close by of MECCA’s Concord Grove communications tower — seemingly shaving a minimum of $1 million off the price of the ability. 

Two, it would get the core of the county’s emergency response capabilities out of recreation day site visitors and proper subsequent to a brand new I-79 Concord Grove interchange. 

And three, there’s room to develop.  

The power will sit proper throughout Responder Method from one other four-acre pad for which the county has the proper of first refusal. 

“Say, for instance, Mon EMS needed to find up right here, we now have that house locked down. In fact, they’d should give you some cash. We will’t do that for them,” Sikora mentioned, gesturing to the 911 web site. “It simply supplies choices. I prefer to construct with the top in thoughts. I don’t prefer to construct for what we want proper now. We have to construct for progress.” 

Enrout Properties is constructing the 911 heart and can personal it. The corporate will lease the ability to the county at a price that may cowl the price of development, plus a further proportion factored in to cowl property taxes as a way to make the encircling TIF district entire.  

On the finish of the 30-year lifetime of the district, the constructing’s deed might be transferred over to the county. 

The precise development is being undertaken by March-Westin with enter from Smith and steerage obtained by touring amenities and talking with emergency providers personnel throughout West Virginia. 

“We’re so excited. It simply gained’t get right here fast sufficient,” Smith mentioned when requested about transferring day. “This entire course of has been thrilling. A giant a part of that’s realizing that is one thing that may serve this county properly into the longer term.”