Bids for the construction of a new $1.6 million emergency operations center off Chestnut Street near the county jail were taken under advisement last week by the Board of Supervisors who appeared pleased with the final numbers.

Tyler Construction Group of Philadelphia's bid of $417,000 was the lowest base bid submitted for construction.

Three other companies also provided base bids: D&E Construction Co. Inc., $499,995; J & J Contractors Inc., $471,000; and Perry Construction Company, $568,200.

Each of the four companies submitted five alternate bids on the project which included the addition of a safe room, envelope or outer shell upgrade, secondary roof, cabinets and alcove.

Tyler Construction had the overall low bid of $618,900 when all the alternates are included. The second lowest bid was from J & J at $653,925; followed by D&E at $709,933 and Perry at $845,100.

McLain Plumbing had the low base bid of $82,000 for the mechanical work. Barnett Mechanical and Electric bid $113,000 for mechanical work.

Hi-Tek Fire Sprinklers submitted the only bid for fire protection, $26,835.

Ratcliff Electrical Services Inc. had the low base bid for electrical at $107,812. The only other bid was $128,300 from Webster Electric.

Webster Electric was the low bidder on a new generator for the EOC at $51,700.

The only other bid was from Ratcliff Electrical Services Inc. for $57,712.

County Administrator Benjie Coats said he and other officials were reviewing the bids to determine the lowest and best in order to make a recommendation to the Board of Supervisors soon.

The EOC will house 911 communications, administrative offices, a so-called "war room," support space and storage.

Other major expenses on the EOC project will include new 911 answering equipment, dispatching consoles, servers, fiber optics and other new technology.

Once construction bids are accepted, construction is expected to take 180 days.

The county was awarded two matching grants to aid in funding the new facility including a $976,800 presented by the Mississippi Office of Homeland Security, on behalf of the Mississippi Department of Public Safety.

In addition, the county received a $233,267 federal matching grant to harden the exterior wall, roof, windows and doors.

The EOC will help officials coordinate emergency services across various agencies and departments for the entire county from the one location.