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Clay Comm Center Move Update

Spencer, IA (KICD)–The pending move of the Clay County Communications Center to the current SMU building was discussed at a a joint meeting of the Clay County Communications Center and E-911 board.

As previously noted on KICD News a price tag of $508,000 was presented for all of the needed technology and furniture for a two person operation with an optional $47,000 cost to make it compatible for a 3rd person. An additional $74,600-$97,795 is needed for construction.

The E-911 board has agreed to take on $360,000 of the total cost with the hope that a Rural Economic Development Loan & Grant is approved for that amount. Clay County Emergency Management Director Eric Tigges made a motion to the board that Spencer and Clay County each contribute $150,000 towards the project, up from the original asking of $100,000 each. which would leave the budget at $660,000 which allows for a solid contingency.

Consultant Rick Dean talked about the need to have a contingency fund in place.

City Manager Bob Fagen, speaking for the city, says that the $150,000 is already in reserves for the project.

The Clay County Board of Supervisors will decide at their meeting next week on how to proceed on the $150,000 contribution with the Spencer City Council to do the same at their December 2nd regular meeting. The Clay County Communications Center Board will discuss this project again on December 4th.