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Commissioners OK radio upgrades

August 29, 2012
By Fritz Busch - Staff Writer , The Journal

NEW ULM - Brown County commissioners unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday adding DES encryption to three Motorola ARMER 800 MHz radios to be used by sheriff's office and administration Emergency Response Unit (ERU) members.

Chief Deputy Jason Seidl said the encryption will be done so scanners can't intercept radio messages.

Cost per radio will be $1,878 for a total of $5,634 from Alpha Wireless Communications.

Commissioners also approved:

Signing a Minnesota Highway Department (MnDOT) agreement to hang simulcast alert (paging) equipment on the Comfrey ARMER tower. Cost is $300 a year including electrical and emergency back-up power, based on MnDOT's fee schedule.

Purchasing a Stalker DSR radar unit to replace an older radar for $2,312.50 (state contract bid price), including shipping, handling, taxes from Stalker Radar Applied Concepts, Inc. Seidl said the new radar unit is dual directional.

Contracting with Independent Emergency Services (IES) to upgrade the sheriff office's 911 phone system including five years of maintenance support service, for $166,434. Cost will be paid from the 911 fund which had a $501,641.50 balance as of Aug. 1.

Seidl said the new Sentinel Patriot system is the next generation 911 system. The existing Sentinel Rescue Star system, bought in 1998, is outdated.

Upgrading the new system will begin the process to provide alternate media including texting the video, now supported by the current system.

A lease agreement for Horizon Homes, Inc. to lease an office plus ancillary space on the third floor of the County Community Service building at $8 per square foot a year, $1,056 per year.

Horizon Homes, a non-profit corporation, will operate the Adult Mental Health Rehabilitative Services (ARMHS) program it took over from New Ulm Medical Center on Sept. 1.

The Brown County Heartland Express 2013 operating budget of $618,000 plus $68,000 for one replacement bus plus the 2013 MnDOT contract. The budget increase over 2011 is less than 1 percent.

"There's no doubt our clients need our services. They're transit dependent," said Support Services/Transit Coordinator Bob Apitz.

Delegating authority to sign the 2012-2013 Energy Assistance Program (EAP) with the Department of Commerce to the Family Services Director in lieu of its non-availability at board meeting time.

Targeted groups for EAP are children under age six, the disabled, seniors older than 60 and veterans.

Income guidelines are equal to half of the State Median Income or 110 percent of federal poverty guidelines.

A Memorandum of Agreement with Minnesota State University, Mankato for student clinical experience in public health through July 2017.

Tabled a culvert replacement in Judicial Ditch 10 in Brown and Blue Earth County to obtain another cost quote.

(Fritz Busch can be e-mailed at fbusch@nujournal.com).

 
 

 

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