JERSEY: County Board approves bid for new digital radios for JPD
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By Steven Spencer
The Jersey County Board approved a recommendation from the County Service Offices and Pubilc Safety Committee for the purchase of new digital radios for the Jerseyville City Police Department.
Mark Wagner, Chairman of the County Service Office and Public Safety Committee, said the new radios would move the Jerseyville Police Department from analog radios to digital radios in order to help with communication throughout the county.
“The county is going to digital radios versus analog,” Wagner said. “We’ve already approved money for not only the county, but the City of Grafton and the Village of Elsah to also have digital radios so that they can communicate with one another.”
The bid for the new radios came in at approximately $27,764 from Global Technical Systems, who has bids for all the other police agencies.
“This will allow everyone to communicate on the same frequency,” Wagner said, “while noting the difficulties of switching between frequencies during an emergency situation.”
The recommendation was approved by the board with Jeremy Beasley voting against and Jarrod Hayes voting yes with hesitation.
During the Chairman’s Report the board approved a resolution of support and endorsement of the Great Rivers and Routes Tourism Bureau and a declaration of vacancy on the Jersey County Board with the sudden passing of County Board Member Alan Womack.
In other business the board approved a recommendation regarding repairs for a county cell tower in Grafton, surveyor services for FEMA Hazard Mitigation Program Buy-out Grant, a Substantial Damage Plan Annual Evaluation Report and a franchise agreement with Charter Communications which will allow them to expand service in Jersey County.