Emergency radios to go to narrow band
By Evelyn Long -
Morrow County Sheriff Steve Brenneman addressed Cardington Village council when they met in regular session on August 6.
Sheriff Brenneman told council that the federal regulations coming out by the end of this year require all radios have to be narrow band — which affects the power of the radios. All fire departments and squads already have this narrow banding, he said.
Explaining that reception for the local department is extremely poor in outlying areas, Brenneman said, ‘We have gone through Homeland Security and looking at grants through the Ohio Criminal Justice System to move from our current system to the MARCS (Multi-Agency Radio Communications Trunking System) which is a state wide digital system — OSHP operates on it and quite a few law enforcement agencies are operating on it.”
He noted that, “When you talk about better systems you are talking about much more money. The radios are $4,000 to $5,000 each, that’s why we’re getting grants for those.”
There is a $20 monthly fee per radio. He said he’s been operating on a MARCS radio the past several weeks and the reception has been much better, making it easier for him to communicate with his office.
“We are part of Metro Columbus Area — we are Region 4 of Homeland Security with Franklin County,” said the sheriff. “They have come up with $190,000 and have got us 20 mobiles and 23 portables. They will be divided up among our agency– Cardington, Edison and Mount Gilead. We put in for two mobiles for Cardington. Right now with the mobiles there will be the $20 monthly fee but it will be worked in over the next two or three years. We have repeaters, though, that our portables work with — these repeaters do work with the MARCS radios.”
Other reports were given by Acting Police Chief Robert Huston who said the July calls for service included 37 traffic citations; eight assists with other units and six vehicle lockouts. The report indicated that since January 1, 2012 the department has issued 341 warnings and 138 citations. The 2008 cruiser has had work done at D & D Auto on the antilock brake system and the air condition system at a cost of $660.19.
He said the police department has implemented the free training that he had discussed during the last council meeting and he has started to turn in completed certificates. Officers Norris and Sheehan are close to being cleared to work by themselves. The Explorer Program added two more youth members on August 2.
The Explorers assisted the First United Methodist Church with their school supplies and clothing give away.
Acting Village administrator Danny Wood said the village street department had chipped brush. He had met with Poggemeyer to discuss their recommendations for the WWTP update. Streets have been swept and a pre construction meeting had been held concerning the repair of County Road 168. That project was to begin August 8 and the road will be closed for two weeks. Mosquito spraying had taken place on August 3.
Mayor Susie Peyton said over 70 applicants had applied for the fiscal officer position. She made arrangements to meet with the personnel committee, Sherry Graham, Tim Abraham and John Caldwell to review these applications.
There was no financial report because the computer system was down.
Mayor Peyton noted several new businesses are preparing to open in the village.
The 35 minute regular meeting adjourned and council entered executive session based on ORC 121.22(G) (1). No further business was transacted at the end of the hour long executive session.
The next council meeting will be held August 20 at 7 pm.