BENTON – Administrative offices for Franklin County’s Emergency Management Agency and 911 will move to the Campbell Building on the Benton Square once the new courthouse is completed.
Franklin County Board Chairman Larry Miller said the County Board approved the decision at Monday night’s meeting with both offices to be located in the basement of the Campbell Building. The area was retrofitted to be the temporary courthouse during construction of the new facility across the street.
Ryan Buckingham, Emergency Management Director for Franklin County, said the cost to move to the Campbell Building will be minimal.
Buckingham “at this point in time there has been a lot of discussion about the consolidation of the county’s 911 call centers and possibly retrofitting the Campbell Building to serve as a new consolidated 911 center for several entities.” The discussions are ongoing, and Buckingham said he hopes to see progress in the future.
As for the new courthouse, Miller noted construction is “moving along quite nicely” and anticipates being in it earlier than the County Board thought. The county was looking at a move in date of April of next year, but Miller said the date will likely be moved up two or three months.