For Immediate Release - October 04, 2011

Lieutenant Governor Murray Celebrates Groundbreaking of Essex County Regional 911 Facility

Lieutenant Governor Murray participates in the groundbreaking ceremony for the Essex County Regional Emergency Communication Center.
Lt. Gov. Murray, joined by Essex County Sheriff Frank Cousins Jr., Amesbury Mayor Thatcher Kezer (left) and Rep. Thedore C. Speliotis (second from right), participates in the groundbreaking ceremony for the Essex County Sheriff’s Department Regional Emergency Communication Center Project in Middleton. (Photo Credit: Lt. Governor's Office) View Additional Photos.

 

MIDDLETON – Tuesday, October, 4, 2011 -- Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray today joined state and local officials to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Essex County Sheriff Department’s Regional Emergency Communication Center (RECC) to advance the Patrick-Murray Administration’s commitment to strengthening regional partnerships and increasing efficiency in state and municipal services. Once complete, the Regional Emergency Communication Center, headquartered in Middleton, will provide dispatching for police, fire and emergency medical services for Amesbury, Beverly, Essex, Middleton, Topsfield and Wenham.

“As we work alongside cities and towns across the Commonwealth, we continue to make great strides in building regional partnerships and sharing local services,” said Lieutenant Governor Murray. “With the leadership of local officials, these Essex County communities are working together to improve the quality of public safety for their residents and the region.”

911 Executive Director Frank Pozniak, Essex County Sheriff Frank Cousins and Topsfield Fire Chief Ron Giovannacci also joined Lieutenant Governor Murray for the groundbreaking.

“Construction of new facilities that support regionalization efforts create efficiencies in services delivered to taxpayers while reducing operating costs,” said Public Safety Secretary Mary Beth Heffernan. “We are proud to play a role in bringing this new facility on line to enhance the public safety of all who live within the region.”

Since Fiscal Year 2009, the RECC has received $7,980,241 in development grant funding for architectural and engineering services, construction and equipment. There are currently 29 other projects underway across the state that have received a total of $27,281,494 in development grant funding.

Development grant funding was first announced in 2008 when Governor Patrick signed a law establishing the State 911 Department and creating grant programs to pay for enhanced training, upgrading equipment, supporting 911 call centers and creating incentives to regionalize 911 operations. Under both federal and state law, these funds can only be used to support the 911 system. The grant programs have provided a total of $99.4 million to the 911 call centers across the Commonwealth.

The RECC is expected to go into service in early 2013. Construction is being supervised by the Division of Capital Asset Management.

“Shared services is a common sense approach to saving money and making government more efficient,” said Senator Steven A. Baddour. “Any time we can structure program delivery such that we can offer the same, or better, results less expensively - the taxpayer wins.”

“This project, a tremendous regional effort, has been a long-time in the making,” said Representative Brad Jones. “The completion of the RECC reflects a strong partnership among communities in the Commonwealth.”

“Amesbury is particularly proud to be involved in this drive to increase public safety capability at a more efficient cost,” said Amesbury Mayor Thatcher Kezer.

"Today is a great day for the North Shore as ground is broken for the Regional Dispatch facility,” said Beverly Mayor Bill Scanlon. “This project will improve service while lowering costs and investments and represents the best of regional efforts."

"Wenham is proud to be one of six communities included in the new RECC,” said Wenham Town Administrator Jeff A. Chelgren. “Regionalization has become an important tool for the management of increasingly challenging municipal budgets. The new Middleton dispatch center, when completed, will stand as an example of how municipal and state collaborations can better create sustainable operations without compromising the vital services that we provide our constituencies. Much of the success of this new venture is directly attributable to Governor Patrick’s support, without which this project would not have been possible.”

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