Nicholas County Commission hears update regarding 911 Center construction project

By Matthew Young, RealWV

SUMMERSVILLE, W.Va. – The Nicholas County Commission, during their regular meeting on June 21, heard an update from the county’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Director, John McGinnis, regarding Richwood’s “new 911 Center and equipment acquisitions.” 

McGinnis began by advising commission members that unforeseen circumstances left Crusader Generator Services several days behind schedule in their efforts to install the facility’s generator, but that he was confident the installation would be completed by the end of the day (June 21). Additionally, McGinnis stated that the estimated cost of the new UPS system (Uninterrupted Power System) was considerably less than originally anticipated, and that the bidding process is well underway for the repaving of the facility’s parking lot. 

“The UPS and the generator are the priorities right now, and the necessities that we really need to push forward with,” McGinnis added, before noting that the lead time for the UPS system is between eight and 12 weeks.

According to McGinnis, the new UPS system that will be utilized in Richwood is the same system which Raleigh County has recently transitioned to. However, McGinnis explained, Richwood’s cost will be less than the originally anticipated price of $50,000 because it will be “less elaborate” than the system used by Raleigh County. Once installed, the new UPS system will provide the 911 Center with approximately 30 minutes of back-up power. 

The commission voted unanimously to approve the purchase of the UPS system from Wexford, Pennsylvania-based Gen-Mark Sales, for a total cost of $42,995. 

“We had budgeted $64,775, so a drastic savings there,” Commission President Garrett Cole said, before asking McGinnis to provide a “Reader’s Digest update for the public on everything coming along.”

“As far as construction, we’re right on course of being done by the end of this month (June),” McGinnis said. “And then Motorola and everything (internal office equipment), we’re still on course with that being done come the end of July. Hopefully we can start training (on the new office equipment) around August 1.”

“The conference room – the chairs are in and the table will be in next week,” McGinnis continued. “I want to make sure that if we do need to have meetings over there, we can have Zoom and whatever, so it’ll be accessible for you all as well.”

McGinnis noted “the other agencies from Raleigh County, Kanawha County, and Fayette County were very pleased with the new building so far,” before advising the commission that they hope to have an “open house” in the near future.

RealWV will provide updates regarding the status of Nicholas County’s new 911 Center as additional information is made available. 

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