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Routt County moves ahead with new emergency dispatch facilities

A rendering shows what the new shared law enforcement facility will look like next to the Routt County Jail.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The Routt County Board of Commissioners has agreed to accelerate plans to move Routt County's emergency communications dispatch facility into a new $17-million plus law enforcement facility it will share with the city of Steamboat Springs on the west side of Steamboat Springs.

The new building will become home to both the Routt County Sheriff's Office and the Steamboat Springs Police Department, and in a similar vein, the two governments will share the cost of the new building.

But County Commissioner Tim Corrigan said the county’s relocated emergency communications facility, on the top floor of the new building, will not be shared.

"We're anticipating groundbreaking (on the new shared law enforcement building) in mid-April and still looking for project completion in fall 2019," Corrigan said Monday. "It's important to note that included in the project will be the new communication center for Routt County, which is not part of any shared costs.

“Routt County is pretty well committed to doing the tenant finish on the shell (of the upper story) and moving the communications center at roughly the same time. The rest of the facility is shared; the communication (center) is not shared,” Corrigan further clarified.

Construction on the new law enforcement building is expected to begin in April.

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County commissioners had originally intended to delay the expense of finishing the upper floor of the building to meet the needs of the emergency communications department, but they changed their minds, Corrigan said, after considering that the costs to build in the future would be more expensive. The general contractor and subcontractors would have to mobilize on the site a second time, and there were also concerns about the disruption the tenant finish could cause elsewhere in the building.

County Manager Tom Sullivan said by the time the communications tenant finish is complete and the office is moved, with some of the equipment upgraded, the cost of the relocation will be greater than $700,000.

Commissioners agreed the move will also raise the morale of employees in the department. 

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