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Progress continues on new Boone Co. 911 center

Leaders said they’re making progress but they still have a lot of work to go on the new 911 center north of Columbia.

On Tuesday, the Boone County Sheriff, Dwayne Carey, sat down with ABC 17 News to talk about the future of the facility.

The future facility is moving from downtown Columbia into a new building next to the sheriff’s department off north Highway 63.

He said they’re currently hiring staff, including a new 911 director and more call takers.

Construction is expected to start in the next few months, and finish by early next year.

The switch will also improve many other agencies, including the office of emergency management, and the incident command center.

“The incident command center, which is in the basement of the armory, doubled as a daycare. That’s going to be house into this building as well, plus the IT component of all that, so you’re adding three different components in with 911 to get the building, which is roughly around 25,000 square feet. It doubles the size of the 911 center,” said Carey.

The center will cost roughly $14 million. Most of the funds are coming from a new sales tax issue first approved by voters in 2013.

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