LINWOOD – In 1920, the Lafayette Township advisory board constructed a one-room school house on County Road 600 West, east of 100 West, and the building remains in use today.
For the past half-century the former Linwood school building has been the control center for the Madison County Emergency Management Agency, but now the county commissioners are considering moving the agency to the former Triple-L youth facility near the intersection of Mounds and Rangeline roads.
“Our long-term goal was to build a new facility,” John Richwine, president of the Board of County Commissioners, said Monday. “Now we are looking at remodeling another building the county already owns.”
The commissioners intend to transfer approximately $15,000 from the EMA’s 2014 budget for building maintenance and repair and request an appropriation of $60,000 from the Madison County Council.
“We don’t want to continue putting money into an older building,” Richwine said.
He said EMA needs larger meeting rooms, which can be achieved by remodeling one of the Triple-L buildings.
The hope is to relocate the EMA operations to the new site by the end of the summer.
Todd Harmeson, EMA public information officer, said the new building would be more centrally located in the county and would be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
“It would combine us on county-owed property, so there would be better security,” he said.
“The [Lafayette Township] building is so old and the technology has evolved over the past 50 years,” Harmeson said. “We would consolidate some of the equipment.”
EMA has several divisions with 20 to 30 people in each division, he said. Additional space for meetings is needed.
Harmeson said it’s difficult to heat and cool the old building.
In other business:
• The commissioners approved a request from Scott Harless, superintendent of the Madison County Highway Department, to begin the bid process for the purchase of four new tandem-axle multi-purpose trucks.