Interest in ITEC confirmed

RIDGWAY – North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission [NCPRPDC] members voted yesterday to enter into negotiations with Elk County officials regarding the potential sale of the Industrial Technical Education Center [ITEC] for use as a new 911 Center.The county's current 911 Center, situated along Boot Jack Road, faces several deficiencies including programmatic needs, lack of fire-resistant material, non-compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and overall outdatedness. Several options were presented recently in response to the lackluster Center, including the possibility of renovating the structure, building new construction on-site, finding a completely new site that had all the infrastructure and facilities directly adjacent, or finding a site with an existing facility of the appropriate size, condition, and with a reasonable overall cost.While the executive committee voted to give executive director Eric Bridges the authority to enter into negotiations with county officials regarding the potential sale, no figures were publicly discussed."We are responding specifically to the county [officials'] interest in purchasing ITEC," Bridges said. "If ultimately we're successful in negotiating a sales agreement, that would make the county the owner."For more on this story, see the Dec. 16 edition of The Daily Press.