Police department needs new portable radios
Ken Greenslate told the council that the city police department is
in need of 18 new hand-held radios at a cost of $12,850.
Greenslate said the department owns and regularly uses 28 such
radios. Last year Dan Fulscher of the Logan County Emergency
Management Agency had assisted the city in obtaining 10 new radios
through a grant, but there are still 18 that need to be replaced.
The price of $12,850 is coming from Lincoln Land Communications,
and Greenslate said they were the best radios at the best price. The
new radios will be Kenwood models and are made to work with the new
narrow-band transmitters that are now required by the federal
Greenslate said he was aware that there is still money in the
general obligation bond for capital purchases, and he was wondering
if the radios could be purchased using those funds.
Greenslate was asked what was wrong with the radios the
department has now, and he replied that they are all older models.
He said the average lifespan of a hand-held radio is seven years and
these are that old. He said the radios get rough treatment because
the officers wear them when they get out of their vehicles, so they
are subject to the weather elements as well as bumps and bangs
throughout their lifetime. He also commented that because they are
not the new narrow-band technology, they don't work as well as they
Jonie Tibbs commented on this, saying that she listens to her
home scanner often and has many times heard officers saying they
cannot hear or understand the dispatchers.
Snyder asked about specific issues on this, and Greenslate said
they have a lot of trouble hearing and transmitting in the areas of
the high school, the hospital and about anywhere there are brick and
Tom O'Donohue asked if the radios had to be bought right now. He
wondered if they couldn't wait until after the new fiscal year, for
the sake of the budget.
Greenslate said he was looking at the fact there are funds
available in the general obligation bond, but O'Donohue said he was
not in favor of spending that money, ever, and still wondered if it
Greenslate told the council that the radios can be worked on, but
right now, with more than three months left in the fiscal year, he
is over budget on radio repairs. He punctuated the need for the new
radios by saying: "You need to understand, these radios are my
Greenslate was asked if the new radios he wants would be as good
as the radios used by the sheriff's department, and he said they
Jeff Hoinacki said he was in favor of buying the new radios. He
said that to continue repairing the old ones was just throwing money
at old equipment. As the committee chairman for the police
department, Hoinacki asked that this be placed on the next voting
Finance chair Melody Anderson asked if the motion would be to use
the general obligation bond, and that was confirmed.
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City may sell old siren and other fire news
Tuesday evening fire Chief Mark Miller was absent for the
evening, but Alderwoman Kathy Horn, who chairs the fire committee,
relayed messages from the chief to the rest of the council.
Horn said Miller has heard from a party interested in purchasing
the old City Hall siren and control box. The buyer will dismantle
the siren and take it away if the city decides to sell it.
City attorney Blinn Bates was asked what the process would be,
and he replied that an ordinance to dispose of excess property would
have to be written and passed.
Mayor Keith Snyder said in that case, all the department heads
should look to see if they, too, have excess property that could be
disposed of. If so, it can all be combined into one ordinance.
Horn also said Miller is currently working on applications for
two grants. One would provide the department with $10,000, and
another is a FEMA grant for $30,000.
She said one of the assistant chiefs had an off-duty fall and
would be off work for probably six weeks.
Horn also asked that an appointment of Phil Uphoff as fire
inspector be placed on the agenda for next week. She said that
inspector Bret Tripplett has stepped down from that position, so a
replacement is needed.
City permit needed for fiber optic installation
Included in consent agenda items for next week would be a motion
to approve permits for the installation of fiber optic line from
Keokuk Street to sites on the Lincoln College campus. The council
was told the installation would include approximately 800 feet of
line. To do this, the installers need to have a utility permit, file
a performance bond with the city and provide proof of insurance.
EMC will appoint a new waste treatment manager
Alderwoman Marty Neitzel told the council that Darrell Palmer,
who has been serving as the waste treatment manager for the city of
Lincoln, has left. Neitzel said she had spoken with regional manager
David Kitzmiller, and he said that he would have a replacement for
Palmer within a week.
This week the council will meet on Tuesday night for their voting
session, due to the Monday holiday.
[By NILA SMITH]