NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – With heavy construction of the shared dispatch center nearing completion, municipal offices will be closed Tuesday morning (Dec. 23), Borough Administrator Doug Marvin said.
All power to municipal offices will be disconnected forcing the closure so that power to the new addition can be implemented.
“We expect that the service will be restored by noon,” Marvin said as he apologized for any inconvenience to residents.
Marvin said he expects the Shared Dispatch Center, which will serve New Providence, Summit and Millburn, to become fully operational in the first quarter of 2015.
The Shared Dispatch Center will handle all 911 emergency dispatch services for police, fire and EMS in all three communities. The new facility is located at the Municipal Center in New Providence.
In addition to possible operational savings, one of the driving forces behind the partnership is a $1.6 million federal grant to replace aging equipment with state-of-the-art technology. Grant money cann not be used for construction or furniture expenses.
During the first full year of operation, each community will contribute to operational expenses based on population. After a full year of data in hand, each municipality will be billed on actual consumption, Marvin said.
Responsibilities for making the new center operational are being shared by officials in all three communities.