YORK – York County Commissioner Bill Bamesberger said this week, during the county board’s regular meeting, that the timeframe for completion of the new emergency communications center at the courthouse is still on track.

“We are still looking at Sept. 1 as the day the call center will be located in the new addition,” Bamesberger said.

He and Commissioner Randy Obermier said crews have been working on weekends and they recognized that some of the recent very rainy days unfortunately caused some delays.

“But they are making progress,” Obermier said. “If you are in the sheriff’s department and look through the windows there, you can see the walls going up inside the new addition. Hopefully, we will be able to have a walk-through during our next meeting. The project is progressing – the weather hasn’t helped.”

“But we are still on track for that Sept. 1 date for the communications center,” Bamesberger reiterated.

When the communications center is finished and the dispatch offices are moved there, there will then be renovation work done in the existing courthouse structure on the north side where the sheriff’s department is located.

Leila Luft, director of the county’s communication center, reported that technical services will be provided by an IT specialist who currently works with the Seward County communications center. She said local IT providers did not express interest in providing technical services for the call center – and the person who will be doing it is already experienced and familiar with the communications system York County is and will be using.

She also added that she’s been doing quality assurance checks with all the dispatchers, and she’s working on six-month evaluations.

“They are all doing very well,” Luft reported.

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