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Dispatch center update on tap

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At its Feb. 7 meeting, the Board of Selectmen will hear an update on the potential upgrade or replacement of the town’s emergency dispatch center. Selectman Michael W. Powers, who serves as the board’s liaison to the committee exploring the issue, will provide the update. The center is in the basement of the police station on Ash Street. According to Powers, the committee was formed several months ago to plan for possible replacement of the dispatch center’s radio equipment to meet new federal requirements. He said that while continuing to explore that option, the committee is also considering building a new center or joining in development of a regional center. He said those options are under discussion because in addition to needing a new radio system, the current center is housed in a space considered less than ideal due to its relatively small size and other factors. Danvers opted not to participate in a new regional dispatch center being constructed in Middleton, but it joined with Salem and Marblehead recently in an unsuccessful application for a state grant to study possible creation of a regional center for those three communities. - John Laidler