County to get estimate on new radio system

Published 11:38am Monday, October 1, 2012

The Mower County Board will have exact figures Tuesday on the cost to update the sheriff’s department’s radio system.

During the board’s regular 1 p.m. meeting, Sheriff Terese Amazi will update the board on the purchase and price of three dispatch units to update to the 800 MHz radio system, which the county board decided to purchase Sept. 11.

Through grants, the county has purchased about 120 radio units for law enforcement, fire, EMT officials, and rural EMT and fire officials. The newest grant will replace the main radios in dispatch and would fully commit Mower to changing to 800 MHz.

Previous estimates had the cost of the dispatch units at $175,000 each, with the county paying half.

Other Business

—Heather Steinkamp of the Siebel Center will discuss a cooperative agreement with the Department of Justice, office of Violence Against Women regarding a $400,000 grant for the Siebel Center.

—The county board will discuss three conditional use permits. One is on one-time crushing and processing of asphalt and concrete materials as well as mixing and storage of salt and sand in Lansing Township. Another is on a Leonard Grant for an agricultural-oriented business, which would be a livestock buying station in Udolpho Township. Another is for the construction of an electrical substation and minor modifications to existing electrical transmission lines located on the property in Lansing Township.

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