Meridian Star

April 7, 2013

Neshoba officials still working on EOC details


Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA —

PHILADELPHIA, Miss. (AP) — Neshoba County supervisors have delayed awarding a bid for construction of an emergency operations center.

The Neshoba Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/10EgESU ) that supervisors have some other issues they want to address before turning to construction.

The county has budgeted $1.6 million for the project. Emergency Management Director Jeff Mayo said Tyler Construction Group's overall bid of $618,900 appeared to be the lowest and best for the base construction.

Supervisors said they had four other issues to settle before proceeding with the project.

The board this week rejected a bid for installation of fire protection sprinklers as too high. The board told Mayo to get more bills.

The county also wants to finalize its contract construction management services on the project.

The total cost for in-kind services provided on the project by the county road department for such things as site work is also yet to be determined.

County Administrator Benjie Coats and Mayo are finalizing the overall cost the county will incur in equipping the EOC with such things as new 911 answering equipment, dispatching consoles, servers, fiber optics and other technology.

It was the consensus of supervisors to postpone accepting the EOC construction bids until those details were finalized.

The EOC will house 911 communications, administrative offices, a so-called "war room," support space and storage.

The county has received grants of $976,800 presented by the Mississippi Office of Homeland Security and $233,267 from the federal government.

Supervisors are working to refinance some debt and issue up to $1.5 million in bonds to avoid any local tax increase for the project.

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Information from: Neshoba Democrat, http://www.neshobademocrat.com