By Andrea Cordle
The city of Grove City will reboot its public safety radio system with help from the county.
At the Nov. 4 meeting, Grove City Council approved a measure to partner with Franklin County in the construction of a new digital radio system.
According to William Vedra, deputy city administrator, the city’s current public safety radio system was built in 1992. It is an analog system.
By joining forces with the county, Grove City will be able to connect to the statewide Ohio Multi-Agency Radio Communications system. Access to this system would allow the city to communicate with numerous state, county and local law enforcement agencies.
“It’s better coverage,” said Vedra. “It will improve the capabilities of our safety forces.”
Vedra said if the city were to update its own digital public safety radio system, it would have cost approximately $2 million. He said joining the county system saves money. It will cost the city $425,000 for the digital radio consoles in the 911 center.
Under the agreement, the city would be able to purchase additional equipment at the county price.
The city would also be responsible for an additional monthly subscription fee of $5 per radio, beginning in 2015. According to Vedra, the city has 162 radios. The annual cost would be around $10,000.
The county will construct an antenna system at the water tower in Fryer Park.
Grove City Mayor Richard “Ike” Stage said the city will still handle its own emergency dispatching.
He called the agreement with the county, “a win-win.”
In other news, the city and the Mount Carmel Health System presented the Mid-Ohio Foodbank with a check of nearly $500. The proceeds were raised at the Up and Away 5K. This was the third year Mount Carmel had sponsored the race.