By Robert Herrington
Commissioner Christine Altman said Hamilton County will not continue plans to build a backup dispatch center at Fishers Fire Station 92 at 11595 Brooks School Rd.
Altman said the original plans had a $1.1 million price tag but costs are expected to reach $1.3 million and possibly $1.5 million. Altman said the site would remain dark unless needed.
Instead, the commissioners are investigating a second option to expand the former Carmel dispatch center at 31 First Avenue NW.
Altman said the building is the current backup center. The building, which has fiber optic cable installed, houses the city’s camera feeds and Carmel officials are discussing relocating the IT department there.
“It’s just ideal,” Altman said. “People in the building know how to start equipment if needed. There is a parking garage right next door and it is the same approximate driving distance.”
The commissioners are studying options to expand the building by adding a second story or expanding it.