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Commissioners move on radio system, tower site assessment

The Warren County Commissioners have moved on an agreement to assess the county’s radio system and tower sites that officials say is “significantly overdue.”

Department of Public Safety Director Ken McCorrison told the commissioners during Monday’s work session that grant funding has been secured to cover the $40,000 project cost.

He said that the agreement would see Capital Area Communications conduct an assessment of the radio system, tower sites and interoperability “so we have a path moving forward.

“This is significantly overdue and necessary,” McCorrison said, “for them to create suggestions or a report so we have a document path to move forward with to apply for other funds.”

“There is one tower that is leaning,” Commissioner Kan Klakamp said, and another that was apparently struck by lightning.

“We need to get our equipment off those towers,” he said.

The commissioners also approved a resolution for a courthouse restoration grant application and an agreement to take the county’s fiscal data to the cloud.

County Grant Writer Kim Slocum said the county will be submitting for state grant dollars to repair the ceiling in the main courtroom.

She said the project is estimated at $127,420 and that the county’s share of the cost will be half.

Director of Finance and Administration Lisa Hagberg said the dollars to cover that will come from the county’s American Rescue Plan allocation.

Hagberg also told the commissioners that shifting the county’s finance operation to the cloud would save on server space and provide better access to individual county departments.

“(It will) give them a little bit more freedom of information,” she said.

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