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City's $1.6 million dispatch center open for public tours tonight

From reports

The City of Columbia City will host an open house for the public to view the new Columbia City Dispatch Center expected to go online this week.
Public Tours will occur from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 6, 2019, at City Hall. A ribbon cutting ceremony hosted by the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center is planned for 4:30 p.m. followed by media tours at 5 p.m.
During the tours, residents will be able to see how the City dispatch center operations will function and how new technology is being used to provide for quicker response times and more effective public safety services. "This is an opportunity for our residents to see how a dispatch center functions, while showing them where their public safety dollars are going," said Police Chief Scott Leatherman.
"Because Dispatch Centers are highly regulated on who can enter when it is fully operating, residents will get a rare view into the operations on the other side of the phone call."
Dispatch Operations, currently being housed in a different part of City Hall, is expected to move into the new Columbia City Dispatch Center as early as Wednesday, August 7, 2019.
Residents shouldn't notice any lapses in service or quality during the move. "We are so excited to move into our new home," said Communications Supervisor Amie LaRue. "It really will be a tremendous improvement to our residents and businesses as we leap ahead thirty years in equipment and capabilities."
In 2018, Columbia City officials signed on to building the new dispatch center to modernize public safety operations. The seven-month, $1.6 million-dollar project was paid for out of Public Safety Local Option Income Tax Dollars and did not include any tax increases.
Columbia City Communications call logs and dispatches Columbia City Police, Columbia City Fire, and Columbia City Utilities, while also serving as an after-hours contact for residents and businesses.


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