Discussion continues between Buena Vista, Lexington, and Rockbridge County about 911 center

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LEXINGTON, Va. The Buena Vista 911 center also serves Buena Vista, Lexington, and Rockbridge County. The county is planning to move the center into the former Lomax Funeral Home building.

Patrick Rhamey is a member of the Lexington City Council and says he thinks there could be better options.

"You renovate a structure and you get a few decades out of it," said Rhamey. "A new structure, you get more time out of it. So, I'm thinking the cheapest option in the long run and for me, staying in the current building and eventually moving to a new structure."

Renovations are estimated at nearly $2 million dollars and they want Lexington and Buena Vista to contribute around $400,000 dollars over 20 years.

The county paid $375,000 dollars for the building and has made it clear that they plan to move the center there.

Russell Ford is a member of the Rockbridge County Board of Supervisors and thinks the former funeral home is a good location.

"It's a good location in terms of being close to the main power substation for Buena Vista,” said Ford. ”It's well out of the flood plain, it's in the center of the county, and it's got enough room to expand to an emergency operations center at another time."

He says the county has a timetable they've had to follow and now they're down into crunch time.

"For the last three and a half years, we've had a clear, firm, consistent, and very positive message that we've shared with our two regional partners and that continues," said Ford.

Right now, Rhamey said it comes down to best use of resources and taxpayers money.

Rockbridge County Administrator, Spencer Suter, told us that they're continuing to talk with leaders of both cities to come up with a compromise that benefits everyone.

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