PCI donation helps pave way for new EOC building

Published 9:56am Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thanks to a $1.05 million donation from the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, the Elmore County Commission was able to move forward Monday to make the vision of a new Emergency Operations Center a reality.

With the donation from PCI, a $1 million grant from FEMA and a donation from the Elmore County E-911 Board, Commission Chairman David Bowen (D3) said the taxpayers’ cost of the new building will be cut in half.

The 16,000-square-foot building will house the Elmore County Emergency Management Agency, Elmore County E-911 and the Elmore County Sheriff’s Dispatchers.

The building will be located in front of the storage facility next to the Elmore County Judicial Complex.

“I want to thank PCI for their support and willingness to give back to the community,” said Commissioner Joe Faulk (D4). “You see almost every day how Elmore County is one of the fastest-growing counties not only in the state, but the country. I want to personally thank my fellow commissioners and EMA Director Eric Jones for having the vision to better serve the people of Elmore County.”

During the commission’s regularly scheduled business meeting the commission unanimously authorized the chairman to execute the contract and issue notice to proceed with the $4.66 million project.

The Montgomery construction company of Bullard-Cook was awarded the construction bid.

As per FEMA guidelines the EOC building will have to be built to withstand an EF-5 tornado, according to Bowen.

The earliest ground will be broken to start construction would be the second week in December, Bowen said.

The construction company informed the commission it would take up to 14 months, depending on weather, to complete the project.

Bowen said the hope is to have the EOC building completely operational no later than May 2015.

“I really appreciate the two years our EMA director has put his heart and soul into this project,” Bowen added.

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