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Commissioners Hear Update on Dispatch Center

Fremont County Undersheriff Ty Martin explains high tech equipment and radios housed in a special room of the new dispatch center on the 4th floor of the county's Judicial Center.

The Fremont County Board of Commissioners spent a little more than 20 minutes disposing of business from a very brief agenda for their regular meeting on June 23rd.

Fremont County Commission Chairman Ed Norden reported that the new Combined Regional Dispatch Center should be fully operational by mid to late July as both Cañon City and Florence Police Dispatch Centers prepare to shut down and shift all operations to the new, modern center on the 4th floor of the Fremont County Judicial Center.

Norden said there were some coordination issues with vendors in relation to the technical equipment for the connectivity of the E 9-1-1 system in the new center.   Florence dispatchers were tentatively scheduled to transition to the new center during the early morning hours of June 16th but when it became apparent that there were lingering technical issues that plan was quickly abandoned.    Norden said the E 9-1-1 Board of Directors have been assured that all technical problems will be resolved for a new target date of July 7th for Florence dispatchers to make the move.   Cañon City dispatchers will then work towards completing their training so they can transition into the new dispatch center by late July.

In the only business for the commissioners, the board approved an Optional Premise - Modification request for the hotel-restaurant liquor license for the Quality Inn & Suites at the east edge of Cañon City.  Manager Boone Berry said he hopes to expand alcohol service to the hotel's lobby and outdoor pool deck areas in order to better cater to customers’ desires.