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February 12, 2014

County agencies prepare for EOC expansion

RICHMOND — The Madison Fiscal Court reviewed bids from two businesses Tuesday morning for moving equipment at the county’s Emergency Operations Center into storage while the facility is expanded.

Emergency Management Agency Director Carl Richards said staff and essential resources will be moved to the temporary headquarters in Berea, and what is left will be stored until next year, available on an as-needed basis.

Richards said he hopes to have bids on the various parts of the $5 million project awarded by March 25. He added that the base plan looks good, and contains several add/delete options to ensure the expansion stays within budget.

The fire, rescue and coroner agencies housed at the EOC have already relocated, Richards said. The EMA will be the last to move, with its departure planned for next week, he said.

The EOC agencies will be housed with the Berea Joint Information Center in the former Dresser Industries Building and the Berea EOC in the basement of City Hall while the 13,000-foot expansion takes place.

County parks may get crumb rubber

Solid Waste Coordinator Scott Tussey said he and Historic Properties Director Phillip Seyfrit have applied for a $40,755 grant to apply crumb rubber to playgrounds in the county’s four parks. If funding is approved, the cushiony rubber will be installed at Union City, Kirksville and White Hall parks as well as Safety City, located at Fire Station 2 on Battlefield Memorial Highway, Tussey said.

Seth Littrell can be reached at slittrell@richmondregister.com or 624-6623.

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