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Long 911 panel OKs building plans
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The Long County E-911 Committee met with GeoComm and representatives from McIntosh County on June 15.
One of the key items discussed was the final approval of an architect for the Wiregrass Communication Center in Darien.  
According to GeoComm account manager Deb Blanchard, the total fees for the architectural company, Lee Myer and Co. of Savannah who has been working with the project so far, was $12,000.
Long County Commissioner Mike McGowan asked if the fees had already been included in the financial figures given to Long County.
Blanchard said the cost wasn’t calculated in the estimate, but there was a cushion budgeted in the figures for remodeling the building, equipment, and the conversion fee.
She said those totals came to $251,000 and would include the architecture fees. But, she noted, if there was a shortage, McIntosh would probably cover those costs since the building was in that county.
McIntosh County Manager Luther Smart agreed, saying if there were an architectural fee, his county would cover it.
After a brief discussion, Long and McIntosh County agreed the plans by the current architect were acceptable and decided to continue using their services.

In other business:
• GeoComm was informed the final communications and radio surveys from Ludowici and the county would be completed by June 19, and then forwarded to the company.
• A review of the four addressing quadrants in the county was discussed to ensure using them would be feasible when the final addresses were given to residents in the city and county. Each area is designated north, south, east and west.
• GeoComm requested information on post offices that will be involved in the addressing of the city and county.
• The next meeting for the Long County group was scheduled for 9:30 a.m. July 5 at the courthouse.

About McIntosh County:
• A summary of tasks accomplished through June was given, including a ZIP code boundary being created and maps being received and reviewed.
• McIntosh County also discussed preparing an address file for mail merge, and matching old telephone records to new addresses for the 911 database.
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