Henry County Sheriff’s dispatch not likely to move in 2010
Plans to move the Henry County Sheriff Department’s dispatch to the former Army Reserve Center building in Mt. Pleasant has fallen victim to rough economic times, according to the county Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, Feb. 9.
“With the economics as they are, we don’t feel we can put money towards that at this time,” Supervisor Marc Lindeen said. “If we have to have tax increases, we don’t feel it’s fair to burden [Henry County residents] with more.”
The board received the results of a feasibility study conducted by Midwest Construction Consultants on Thursday, Feb. 4, for the plan to move dispatch, 911, and communication services to the former reserve center, located on Washington Street in western Mt. Pleasant.
“When we got the study back, it was higher than we had anticipated,” Supervisor Gary See said. “The net benefit was to gain space for Sheriff’s deputies, so you weigh that with the cost. The Sheriff was ok with dropping it. He wasn’t upset by any means.”
The center came under county control near the end of 2009. The Henry County Emergency Management Department will move into the center within the next few months, but without the Sheriff’s Dispatch. About half the building will go unused.
“There may be some other county facility that will take that spot,” Supervisor Kent White said. “Of course, Emergency Management will still be in there, and then there might be the possibility that another county department might move out there.”
For more, see our Feb. 10 print edition.