BUCKHANNON- Law enforcement in Upshur County will soon be getting an upgrade to the radio equipment at both the city police department and sheriff’s department. The county commission will be accepting bids for the project until Jan. 22.
According to Brian Shreves, Director of the Upshur County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, the project will be completed in two phases and is being funded by a grant received from Homeland Security last year.
The first phase of the project is to purchase a total of 24 encrypted mobile radios and six vehicle repeaters for the local police departments.
“They will be distributed equally between the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department and the Buckhannon Police Department with each department receiving 12 mobile radios and three repeaters,” Shreves said.
The second phase of the project will be for the current radios that both departments have to be reprogrammed and distributed to fire departments and EMS in Upshur County.
“The radios that (law enforcement) already have will be taken back and given to other first responder agencies,” Shreves said. “Hopefully this will help us, and city and county won’t have to use two different radios to talk to each other.”
“This will increase the interoperability and safety for our first responders,” Shreves continued.
The Upshur County Commission will continue to accept bids for the project and must be turned in no later than 4 p.m. on Jan. 22. All bids will be opened, reviewed and read aloud by the commission at 9:15 a.m. during the Jan. 24 meeting.
At the first commission meeting of the new year it was also motioned and approved that Commissioner Sam Nolte would continue as the Commission President for 2019. After a motion was made by newly elected Commissioner Kristie Tenney, and seconded by Commissioner Terry Cutright, Nolte took his oath of office.
In other business, the commission also:
-Approved date and time for weekly commission meetings in 2019. Meetings will continue to be every Thursday at 9 a.m.
-Approved the hiring of early voting poll workers for the Jan. 19 special school levy election.
-Approved Lewis-Upshur Animal Control Facility volunteers Cheryl Parker, William Michael Thomas and Mayara Lychywek.
The next regular meeting of the Upshur County Commission will be held Jan. 10 at 9 a.m.