COTTONWOOD -- Work continues to develop a 911 Emergency Regional Communications Center in Cottonwood, though, it looks like two of the existing dispatch clients, Clarkdale and Jerome Police, are moving their dispatching services to Camp Verde.
Clarkdale reported that it spent $147,899 last year, based on $66 per call. Cottonwood has planned to reduce its costs to $46-$59 over the next five years. However, Camp Verde offered Clarkdale a three-year contact at $70,000 annually with Clarkdale and Jerome sharing a single frequency. That is still a lower cost than Cottonwood can offer.
Cottonwood also dispatches for Verde Valley Ambulance and the State Parks. With the inauguration of the new communications center, Cottonwood would also handle its own fire dispatch, now dispatched by Sedona Fire.
The new communication building, planned for property just east of the Public Safety building, would initially house four dispatch stations with the potential to add two more stations. Cottonwood now accommodates two dispatchers and a supervisor.
DL Withers was recommended to provide Construction Management At Risk pre-construction services and will work with the architect, Arrington Watkins.
The two professionals are currently doing the same jobs for the Town of Goodyear Communications Center, slightly larger at 10,000 square feet.
City Project Manager Scott Mangarpan says he recently looked at how the two have also developed the Tempe and Scottsdale Dispatch centers, which are much larger.
Mangarpan says, while the building's use is different, some of the same materials, such as split-faced block are expected to be part of the same theme, "so it looks like it belongs in the same complex."