- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 6, 2014

PURVIS, Miss. (AP) - Lamar County supervisors are going to pay $1.1 million to build an annex to the county’s new emergency operations center.

The Hattiesburg American reports (https://hatne.ws/1lUggxS ) supervisors accepted the low bid of $1.1 million from Jay-Vann Co. of Hattiesburg for the construction of the 911 dispatch wing.

The county had estimated the new building would cost about $600,000 - two-thirds less than the low bid.

“It’s not going to get any cheaper and we’re going to have to do it,” said Supervisor Mike Backstrom.

Projected to be completed by the spring of 2015, the facility would not only put the administrative heart of the county’s emergency planning/response system under one roof, but also provide it more room to operate.

“”It is higher than we anticipated. There’s a little room to downgrade stuff, but do you really want to downgrade stuff and suffer the consequences later?” Emergency Management Agency director James Smith said.

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Information from: The Hattiesburg American, https://www.hattiesburgamerican.com

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