Wednesday, July 25, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
Featured image: Village officials from Broadview and Maywood during a July 25 groundbreaking ceremony for the IKE 911 Communication Center in Broadview. | VFP
Village officials from Broadview and Maywood gathered outside of the Broadview Municipal Building, 2350 S. 25th Ave. in Broadview, on July 25 for a groundbreaking ceremony on a 5,943-square-foot consolidated 911 dispatch center and on numerous renovations to the municipal building annexed to the center.
The IKE 911 Communication Center is the result of an intergovernmental agreement signed by Maywood and Broadview earlier this year that formed the Ike Joint Emergency Telephone System.
Maywood and Broadview teamed up after a new state law, which requires municipalities with populations of fewer than 25,000 residents to consolidate their 911 dispatch systems, took effect in January 2016.
According to a fact sheet distributed by Broadview officials, the costs for the new roughly 6,000-square-foot center are estimated to be around $8.7 million, with an additional $2.3 million for “equipment, furnishings and 911 Center expenses,” for a total cost of around $11 million.
Maywood will contribute around $1.6 million toward the cost of the new dispatch center, along with equipment, such as new radios, required to operate it. Maywood’s share will be put in an escrow account.
Broadview plans to pay for the new center, along with various renovations to its municipal facility, with around $12 million worth of bonds it plans on issuing.
The new dispatch center will bring Broadview’s municipal facility to a total square footage of around 25,596.
Police and fire officials from Maywood and Broadview during the groundbreaking ceremony. | VFP
“Modifications and upgrades will occur to the remaining portion of the Municipal Building to increase work space in the Village offices, Building Department and Police Department,” the fact sheet notes.
“The Municipal Building will be brought up to current ADA requirements as well as replacing all building mechanical systems.”
Broadview officials said that site preparation work on the new dispatch center began June 25. The work is scheduled to be completed in April 2019.
“During this construction period, business operations will be limited and moved off-site to the Broadview Fire Department as well as the Broadview Park District,” officials said. “Postings will be made when these off-site locations will be in effect.”
During the July 25 groundbreaking ceremony, Paul Kurtzner, Broadview’s administrative supervisor, said that the dispatch center is the result of a “project started around four or five years ago when a space needs assessment was done by the police department.”
Kurtzner said that village officials “looked at various facilities in town and none of them seemed to work well,” adding that when the state law mandating consolidation came along in 2016, Broadview and Maywood began forming a partnership.
After Wednesday’s groundbreaking ceremony, the mayors of Maywood, left, and Broadview received plaques commemorating the day. | VFP
“Maywood and Broadview had a perfect working scenario to begin with and it seemed to be a better fit that they would come together to form the IKE 911 center,” he said.
Mayors for Broadview and Maywood both reaffirmed Kurtzner’s points.
“This will bring two communities together to do something wonderful, magnificent and above what people say we couldn’t do” said Broadview Mayor Katrina Thompson. “I know it’s going to be amazing.”
“We look forward working together so that we can service the people in Maywood and Broadview,” said Maywood Mayor Edwenna Perkins.
Broadview officials said that, so far, the project is $367,717 under the estimated budget, which could change.
“It should be noted that depending on how future bid proposals are submitted as well as unexpected costs during construction and equipment procurement, these figures may change,” officials explained. VFP
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