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Miami Co. Council votes to lease radio system

By Blair Yankey - byankey@perutribune.com

The Miami County Council on Tuesday unanimously approved money to pay for E-911 Central Dispatch center equipment and radios for the Miami County Sheriff’s Office.

The Sheriff’s Office received 44 new radios and Callworks CallStation 911 equipment in 2016, according to Miami County Auditor Mary Brown.

The council voted to appropriate $101,542.35 from its rainy day fund for the gear.

Council president Ethan Manning said the upgrades were needed since the Indiana Integrated Public Safety Commission updated their radio system and towers statewide. “So, we had to upgrade in order to be able to communicate with them,” he said.

Brown said the county’s lease is for 10 years with upgrades to equipment every five years.

Miami County Sheriff Tim Miller said the radios were about 15 or 16 years old and not all of them were replaced. Some that are still capable of receiving an upgrade will be used at the jail, since they’re good for at least one more system improvement, he said. After that, there will be more to replace, he said.

“Hopefully, there won’t be another upgrade for another two or three years,” he said.

The council also approved a $87,000 for E-911 lease. The lease is for AT&T for the county’s current 911 equipment, said Brown. Once the county gets the final payoff amount from AT&T, they will switch to the new Motorola equipment.

“Due to issues with AT&T, the county has not been able to switch to the new equipment and is still financially responsible for fulfilling the contract already in place,” she said.