Fiscal court nixes new 911 center

The Russell County Fiscal Court passed a motion at Monday night’s meeting that officially ended the previously proposed idea to build a new 911 center.

The measure to formally end the project passed by a vote of 3-2 with magistrates Steve Richardson and Larry Skaggs in opposition.

In February 2022, the fiscal court approved a plan that would involve the county using federal funds from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to build a new 911 center near the Russell County Detention Center.

Since then, there has been little action on it with the court voting last November to re-bid for the project as bids came in higher than expected.

There have been several concerns about logistics of a new building, security concerns, and cost.

After the vote to end the project, Richardson made a motion to return the land donated for the building to the City of Russell Springs.

When the project was initially approved, it was noted the City of Russell Springs sold the county the land for $1.

Richardson’s motion passed 4-1 with Terry Waddell voting in opposition.

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