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April 9, 2014

Officials eye ways to fund facilities

CLINTON — An almost two-hour-long needs assessment study presentation revealed both answers and questions concerning the county jail, the Clinton Police Department and Communications department.

Michael Morman, from Shive Hattery Architecture and Engineering, said that deciding on potential new locations for these facilities is a priority for the Clinton County Justice Coordinating Commission and other related organizations. After looking at the pros and cons of general rural and Clinton locations, as well as lots near the courthouse, Morman determined that there was no clear best location.

He did say that a rural location would only work for Communications, which he did not recommend they build by itself.

“There’s no one space that just shouts out ‘this is where it needs to go,’” Morman said. “There’s no one location that’s great for everybody.”

Shive Hattery performed the approximately $53,000 needs assessment, with the CCJCC paying approximately 56 percent of it, the Clinton Police Department paying 16.4 percent and Communications paying 27.6 percent. Morman on Tuesday went over the needs for the three organizations, as well as Shive Hattery’s recommendations on projected costs if the potential projects were bid in spring 2016.

Morman started his presentation with Communications, which currently operates on the main floor of the Law Center, beneath the jail. The current location offers no space to grow. In planning a new space, Morman suggested the area have four active stations for telecommunicators and a fifth station as a back up.

Shive Hattery reviewed a record of calls to the Communications department, including 911 and other various calls. The data shows the department receiving 840,000 calls per year, equating to 2,300 calls per day, 96 calls per hour and 1.6 calls per minute. The shortest call shown in these records was a hang up lasting zero seconds and the longest lasted two hours and 28 minutes.

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