Monday, July 23, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
Featured image: An architectural rendering of the new 911 communication center in Broadview. | Courtesy village of Broadview
A groundbreaking ceremony for the new consolidated 911 dispatch system and communication center will take place on Wednesday, July 25, 9:30 a.m., at Broadview’s Municipal Building, 2350 S. 25th Ave. in Broadview.
The ceremony will also mark the groundbreaking for extensive renovations to the municipal building.
Earlier this year, Maywood and Broadview entered into an intergovernmental agreement to form the Ike Joint Emergency Telephone System, which will operate out of the Eisenhower Emergency Communication Center, adjacent Broadview’s administrative building. The system will be operated by a governing board.
Broadview will own the new center outright while both villages will split the costs of operating the telephone system.
The new system comes after a new state law took effect in January 2016. The law requires municipalities with populations of fewer than 25,000 residents to consolidate their 911 dispatch systems. Maywood’s population is just under 24,000 while Broadview’s is just under 8,000.
“The Broadview Municipal Building, initially built in 1990, will receive a 6,000 square foot addition to house the new center as well as to expand Police Department operational needs,” according to a statement released by Broadview Mayor Katrina Thompson’s office.
“The Village Offices and Building Department will undergo modifications to increase work space; enhancement of the Council Chambers; compliance with ADA requirements and replacement of all building mechanical systems,” the statement noted. VFP
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