County signs off on joint dispatch

PERKINS TWP. Erie County Commissioners on Monday signed off on an agreement to relocate Sandusky eme
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

PERKINS TWP.

Erie County Commissioners on Monday signed off on an agreement to relocate Sandusky emergency dispatchers to the Erie County Sheriff's dispatch center, though the initial cost for the move didn't include $8,800 for labor needed to revamp flooring at the county's location.

The revised memorandum of understanding approved by the commissioners sets the dispatch relocation cost at about $77,300, rather than roughly $68,500 reported earlier.

The costliest element of the move will be $30,771 for two additional radio stations, while other expenses include air conditioning upgrades, fiber-optic cable installations and phone equipment.

The county dispatch center has the potential to accommodate six dispatchers if it's renovated, said Erie County Sheriff's Capt. Paul Sigsworth. The infrastructure is largely in place, but a concrete wall will need to be knocked out and flooring will need to be elevated in some areas.

An earlier draft of the relocation agreement slated the flooring upgrades at $2,200, but that figure will actually be closer to $11,000 when labor is factored in, commissioners said.

Officials in Margaretta Township and the cities of Huron, Bay View, Castalia have all expressed interest in moving dispatch operations to the county location, commissioner Bill Monaghan said.

Sandusky officials are expected to sign off on the dispatch relocation agreement this week, Monaghan said.

In other action, commissioners on Monday also chose Wakeman-based D&M Earthmoving as the contractor to head up the construction of turning lanes at Strub Road and Columbus Avenue. Coming in at about $750,000, D&M was the lowest bidder on the project.