Vandalia police continue upgrade to digital radios

VANDALIA — Vandalia Police will be moving to all digital radios in 2015 as part of a county-wide communications upgrade, and the Vandalia City Council authorized the purchase of eight new radios at its regular meeting Monday evening.

The upgrade to digital technology is part of what is known as MARCS – the Multi-Agency Radio Communications System.

MARCS is being implemented state-wide radio system that will implement a digital communication system that will allow for inter-operability among agencies and provide “statewide, secure, reliable public service wireless communication for public safety and first responders” according to the MARCS website.

The system is expected to go live in Montgomery County by July 1, 2016.

Monday’s purchase cost just short of $31,000. Motorola is the sole provider of radios and communications equipment used by the police. Therefore, formal bidding was waived and the purchase was approved from P&R Communications.

The total cost of the upgrade has been around $500,000 over the past 18 months.

See below for video of Monday’s meeting:

Council also approved a Future Land Use Plan amendment for nine parcels of land on the west side of Dixie Drive just north of Interstate 70. The parcels were part of an annexation that occurred in 2002 and were given zoning similar to their township zoning.

In other action, the council:

  • Appointed Scott Fullam to serve on the Board of Zoning Appeals;
  • Approved membership in the Vandalia-Butler Chamber of Commerce as a Platinum Member at a cost of $2,000. The city also agreed to donate $3,000 to the Chamber for support of the Taste at the Crossroads as well as arrange and cover the cost of live entertainment and sound equipment; assist with publicizing the event; cover the cost of city staff time if necessary; and close the sports complex to all organized activities the day of the event to allow for adequate parking. The 2016 Taste at the Crossroads is scheduled for June 28.
  • Appointments were made to the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission (MVRPC) and the Transportation Coordinating Committee. Mayor Arlene Setzer was appointed as the city’s representative to MVRPC with Assistant City Manager Greg Shackelford serving as the alternate. Public Service Director Rob Cron was appointed to serve on the MVRPC Technical Advisory Committee.
  • Appointed Setzer and Council Member Richard Herbst as representatives to the First Suburbs Consortium.

During the City Manager’s Report, Jon Crusey reported that city offices will be closed on Monday, January 18 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. As a result, the second city council meeting will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. The meeting will be preceded by a council work session. Both meetings are open to the public.

Crusey also noted that the Parks and Recreation Department and the Public Works Department are offering free recycling of Christmas tree for city residents through January 20. Residents may drop off their trees at the Sports Complex. Regular curb service for the disposal of trees has also begun.
Purchase was action item at first Vandalia City Council meeting of 2016

By Darrell Wacker


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