DARKE COUNTY – By the end of the year, the county’s 911 center, located at the Darke County Sheriff’s Office on County Home Road, will be renovated with the addition of two work stations.
On Wednesday, county commissioners approved a bid from Muhlenkamp Building Corporation, located in Coldwater, for $243,516 – well under the engineer’s original estimate of $482,000.
Four bids were received, noted John Cook, facilities and safety manager, with the county’s architect/engineer for the project, Mote & Associates, recommending Muhlenkamp to commissioners after reviewing all four bids.
“We are familiar with low bidder, Muhlenkamp Building Corporation,” wrote Mote & Associates, “and the quality of their work, which was found to be acceptable.”
Cook said Mote & Associates had been involved in other projects being completed by Muhlenkamp and “was satisfied with their work.”
The project, which will begin in the next couple weeks, Cook said, will include the inside of the existing 911 Center and adding two additional work spaces.
Also, in keeping with the county’s move to the MARCS communication system, the county is hoping to hire two additional personnel for the 911 Center.
Commissioner Mike Rhoades also noted that the bugs continue to be worked out with MARCS and some of the new pagers purchased by some emergency agencies within the county.
Even though the county is still “doing a dual system,” there is no money being poured into the old communications system, Rhoades said, noting that once it’s (the old system) is turned off, it will be permanent.
Also Wednesday, commissioners approved the 2019 license and other fees for the county’s Animal Shelter. The rates will remain the same, with a one-year dog license costing $16 and a three-year license running $48.