(April 12, 2019) The county’s 911 center and communications shelter is one step closer to getting an upgrade, as the Worcester County Commissioners unanimously approved a request to submit bids for a renovation project during a meeting last Tuesday.

Billy Birch, director of the Department of Emergency Services, cited significant deterioration in recent years to the existing structure at the Snow Hill water tower. He added he felt the updates were necessary.

“This structure houses a large quantity of critical communication components supporting fiber-optic, microwave and other services that impact virtually all government voice and data connectivity for state and local government[s] within Worcester County,” Birch said in a proposal.

The fiscal 2019 budget included a $300,000 allocation for the initiative, according to the proposal. Birch said the funding would cover “design, delivery and installation of a new pre-case concrete shelter along with all the required engineering and site work.”

Site visit are scheduled for April 22 and bids will be opened at 1 p.m. on May 28, the proposal said.

Contractors can submit proposals to the Worcester County Commissioners ATTN: Communications Shelter Replacement Proposals, Room 1103 Government Center, 1 West Market Street, Snow Hill, Maryland 21863.

Commissioner Ted Elder moved to approve the renovation project and Commissioner Chip Bertino provided a second.

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