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Sixth-floor move for 911 call center wins county’s nod

– The Allen County commissioners have given the go-ahead to moving the city-county 911 call center to the sixth floor of the Rousseau Centre.

The commissioners gave their approval Friday after members of the Consolidated Communications Partnership board, which oversees the call center, decided on the move earlier in the week.

All three commissioners agreed that moving the call center from the cramped basement of the Rousseau building, formerly the City-County Building, to the spacious sixth floor just made sense, Commissioner Therese Brown said. The building is one of a number of county-owned facilities.

The commissioners had planned to modify the existing dispatch center, but with talk of a regionalized communications center, realized it would require more space than is available in the 5,700-square-foot basement. The sixth floor has more than 12,000 square feet.

The city and county are in the process of replacing the backbone of the 911 call center – the public safety communications system – at a cost of about $17 million, with the system set to launch next fall.

The offices currently occupying the sixth floor that will be relocated include Fort Wayne’s Victim Assistance, Metropolitan Human Relations Commission and an office for Tony Burrus, director of the Allen County Solid Waste District.

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