Fremont County Considers Price Tag For Statewide Radio System

SIDNEY – Fremont County supervisors Tuesday scheduled a special meeting to consider a $1.8 million proposal to connect the county to the Iowa statewide radio system.

Supervisor Randy Hickey said the county is in favor of converting over to the statewide radio system, but needs a game plan on the finances.

Hickey: “The challenges are just coming up with the money to pay for everything. We’ve got other issues in this county, you know, we have the new jail bond and we still have monies out there from the flood of 2011, so, we’re just going to have to come up with ideas as to how we are going to pay for it.”

Sheriff Kevin Aistrope said Mills and Page counties have already signed contracts for the 800 megahertz radio system, so Fremont County’s VHF system will soon not be compatible with its neighbors. He said the Motorola design will keep the county connected and also improve coverage within the county for law enforcement, fire and rescue and even sand trucks.

Aistrope: “Right now, our communications, VHF in Hamburg, they have to, if we page them, they have to record it and then repeat it because we can’t get there with our radio system. Same way in Tabor. They record it and then the repeat the page out again.”

Shari Schmitz

Aistrope said the Motorola proposes installing equipment on the Hamburg water tower that will provide radio coverage to the city, as well as the west side of the bluff.

Shari Schmitz of Motorola said the company’s design will provide statewide radio to over 95 percent of the county.

Supervisors are planning a meeting Monday morning to consider financing options hoping to meet a Dec. 15th deadline for the Motorola contract.

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