City Council PD temp site, 911 equipt. on agenda

Sunday, April 19, 2015

By DONNA FARLEY

Staff Writer

The Poplar Bluff City Council is expected to vote Monday on the lease of a temporary location of the police department and an additional $154,000 purchase of equipment for the 911 center.

The city plans to lease property at 1111 Poplar St., from J.R. Rogers for one year for the police department, according to city council documents.

Rental will cost $5,000 a month.

The building the police department currently occupies is unfit, police Chief Danny Whiteley wrote in a request to city council.

The police department experienced roof leaks throughout the building following heavy snow in February. Leaks occurred in the dispatch area, evidence room and offices.

City documents do not include the date the city will take possession of the building.

The council will also consider purchasing an additional approximately $154,000 in radio equipment for the 911 center.

The equipment would allow the center to expand from two operator positions to four, according to city council documents.

"This would allow us to better serve the needs of the community with additional dispatchers working during major events, natural or manmade disasters, other emergencies or the addition of other agencies to the Joint Communications Center," according to a request submitted by Whiteley.

A quote for the equipment was received from Grace Communications of Jonesboro, Ark., and financing options from Motorola Solutions.

The council approved $1.5 million in technology for the project in December, with plans to open a joint communications center with the county or other agencies.

The center will be located at Three Rivers College.

At this time, no agreements have been reached with other agencies to join the center. The center was initially expected to be open in early to mid-March. The move is not complete and the city has not released information concerning when the move will be complete.

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