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Dispatch moves to new facility

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By John Foster

Oldham County Dispatchers showed off their new facility at a ribbon-cutting event Feb. 19. The control center for 911 calls and radio communications to emergency personnel moved to the new second floor of the old bunker style building. The $419,000 project is funded at no cost to Oldham County taxpayers, Emergency Management Director Kevin Nuss said. Instead it is paid for through grants and charging rent to cell-phone companies who use the dispatch’s towers. The main improvement is in working conditions for dispatchers, Nuss said. The old cramped quarters had low ceilings, dingy floors and walls and no windows. The new space has large bathrooms, a kitchen, new carpets, comfortable chairs and tables and windows. The antiquated and sometimes faulty radio system also received an upgrade, he said. Members of Oldham County Fiscal Court honored Buildings and Maintenance Director Bill Tucker for his work in keeping costs low for county projects such as dispatch, the jail expansion and the senior center expansion. The dispatch expansion cost about $75 per square foot.