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December 09th, 2019

By ROBERT PIERCE

• Leader & Times

 

A big step could be taken Monday in a multi-year project to improve radio systems for local emergency workers.

Seward County Counsel Nathan Foreman is scheduled to present an item to the county commission at Monday’s regular meeting asking for approval to proceed with cooperation with the City of Liberal with the newly approved radio system.

“This project replaces all existing radio equipment from the dispatch center to the tower and includes new radios for all emergency vehicles as well as handheld radios,” information in the agenda packet said.

The city and the county have worked together to bring this project together in the most cost effective means possible.

“This new system will allow us an effective and interoperable radio system for our community into the future,” the information said.

The information added after much work from the Liberal/Seward County Emergency Communications Board, a heroic effort from city and county counselors and the support of both city and county commissioners, a complete proposal is being brought before the county commission.

“The City of Liberal has already taken action and approved their parts of the agreement,” the information said. “County approval will allow us to receive the $410,545 discount for accepting the contract by Dec. 4.”

The information added this has been a multi-year work in progress to get to this point.

“Our old system is failing, and we no longer have reliable communications with emergency responders,” the information said.

The information emphasized the project is time sensitive.

“We need to sign the agreement by Dec. 4 and accept delivery by Dec. 20 in order to receive the $410,545 system discount negotiated,” the information said.

The communications board is recommending the contract be accepted. Monday’s meeting is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. in the commission chambers in the Seward County Administration Building.

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