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This move will happen at the end of this year, or in early 2014. The police department will move its entire operation over to the current Spencer Municipal Utilities buildings, including the 911 center.
The board went over what still has to be done in terms of getting an architect, project manager and technical support for the relocation.
"We need it all meshed together by the end of February," Chairman Ken Chalstrom said. "The first step is bringing the architect on board."
Local architect firm Cannon Moss Brygger was recommended by Spencer Police Chief Mark Lawson, with agreement from Clay County Sheriff Randy Krukow and the rest of the board. But the decision has to be made at the next city council meeting before it is official.
An architect has to be in place before a project manager is decided upon, according to Chalstrom.
Even though the job hasn't been advertised yet, there is someone local who could become the project manager. John Hanson is willing to make a proposal. He has worked on about 27 jails and six communication centers, according to Sheriff Krukow.
"(We) need at least two proposals legally but I would like three," Chalstrom said.
Once an architect is selected the city will advertise for a project manager. Chief Lawson would like to have an architect by the end of the month, and a project manager by the end of February.
Alpha Wireless Communications will be brought on to serve as technical support when new equipment is brought in for the 911 center.
Not much construction will take place for the new 911 center. "All we're doing is remodeling," Lawson said.
The new center will take over the SMU operations center building and be kept within a single space. In the current state of the 911 center, it is spread throughout three rooms including the basement of the police station.
Because there is a female police officer, accommodations will be added for a locker room.