Lake Twp to update emergency radios
Written by DEBBIE ROGERS Sentinel Staff Writer
Monday, 25 June 2012 09:09
MILLBURY - Lake Township is investing more than $130,000 in a new communication system that will link it to several northern Wood County communities and Lucas County.
At Tuesday's meeting, the trustees approved the purchase and installation of the new system.
Police Chief Mark Hummer, who is also the township administrator, said he first started thinking about a new communication system in the aftermath of the June 2010 tornadoes.
The antiquated fire band was overwhelmed and useless almost immediately, he said.
The new communication system, Hummer said, will be a regional system that will work when they need it most.
Perrysburg Township, Rossford, Walbridge and Northwood, along with Lucas County and the Ohio Highway Patrol, use the same radios.
Hummer said the township was not abandoning Wood County and that this system is greatly needed for safety.
"This will bring us light years ahead of where we are. Unfortunately, the technology is not cheap," Hummer said. "I'd spend it all, to make sure my officers can pick up a microphone (and have communication)."
Specifically, the trustees approved spending:
• $61,914 to Motorola Solutions Inc., Schaumberg, Ill., for eight APX6000 and six APX6500 Motorola radios for the police department. The funds will come out of the general fund and will be refunded as available.
• $11,126 to Motorola Solutions for two APX6000 and one APX6500 Motorola radios for the fire department. Funds come out of the fire budget.
• $40,351 to Motorola for one MIP5000 two-position radio console for the dispatch center. Funds will be shared one-third by police, fire and EMS.
• $16,670 to Bender Communications, Marion, for narrow banding, repeater relocation, installation and licensing for all dispatch and mobile equipment, including all tower works. Funds will be shared one-third by police, fire and EMS.
The township was recently awarded an $87,840 state grant to study regional dispatching with Northwood, Millbury, Rossford and Walbridge.
Also at the meeting, the trustees:
• Approved $11,000 in asphalt repairs that will be done by the road department. They are: Lemoyne Road between Ayers Road and the Northwood corporation limit for $3,000; Ayers Road between Lemoyne Road and Bradner Road for $2,000; Millbury Road between Ohio 51 and Ohio 579 for $3,000; Bradner Road between Ohio 795 and Hanley Road for $2,000, and Walbridge Road between Pemberville Road and Norfolk railroad crossing for $1,000.
• Voted to purchase a Justice LED Amber Light Bar from Parr Public Safety Equipment, Plain City, for $1,050 for the 2006 pickup truck used by the road department.
• Voted to apply for grants to be used at the new Moline Park from the Wood County Park District. They are: more than $3,000 for a standing see-saw and balance beam; less than $3,000 for fencing; and more than $10,000 for a climbing volcano and toss and score hoop shoot.
• Approved volunteer firefighters Daniel Finch and Michael Hupenbecker for station one and Victor Blankenship for station two.
• Went into executive session to discuss personnel issues related to employment/discipline/demotion. No action was taken.