Barry County residents are invited to tour the new Barry County E-911 Operations Center during an open house event that will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 23.
The $1.7 million operations center, which was funded by a quarter-cent E-911 sales tax that county voters approved in June of 2005, features a large reception area, a waiting room, administrative offices, a break room, a classroom, mapping administration offices, restrooms and a large dispatch room.
Dalton-Killinger Construction, of Joplin, completed the operations center in November of 2007. Corner and Associates, of Webb City, served as project architect.
The operations center, which was constructed with precast concrete slabs, was engineered to withstand a F4 tornado. In the event of any major disaster, the center will be used as a command center for all county emergency services.
The operations center features a special key card security system, which allows administrators to limit access to portions of the building. Restricted areas include the dispatching center and radio, telephone, mechanical and electrical equipment rooms.
In addition to touring all areas of the new E-911 Operations Center, community members attending the open house will be able to meet Barry County Emergency Services Board chairman Bill Shiveley and board members Ron Shook, Jon Horner, Harold Schelin, Leonard Witt, Bob Lombard and Mick Epperly. The air evacuation helicopter will be on display, and cake and punch will be served during the event.
The operations center is located north of Cassville on Business 37 next to Barry Electric's headquarters.
The Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Barry County E-911 Operations Center at 2:45 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 21. Congressman Roy Blunt plans to attend the event.
County residents are urged to attend both the open house and ribbon cutting.