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Sheriff’s department, EMS move forward with radio plans

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By Shannon Brock

The Spencer County Sheriff’s Department and Spencer County EMS are moving forward with their switch to ICOM digital radios, and the county expects work to begin soon on its own radio tower, Judge-Executive Bill Karrer said last week.
Karrer also said that it has already been determined who owns the existing radio equipment, which can be sold to recoup costs of the new equipment.
Karrer provided The Spencer Magnet with copies of documentation showing the Spencer County Fire Protection District and the City of Taylorsville provided their cost share in relation to the Homeland Security grant — used to purchase existing radio equipment — to the Spencer County Fiscal Court in the first quarter of the 2011 calendar year.
The purchase order for the equipment itself was also issued in the name of the Spencer County Fiscal Court.
Karrer said he checked with the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security, which verified that the equipment could be sold to help recoup the costs of the new equipment.
Items selling for less than $5,000 don’t even have to be reported to that office, Karrer said.

Moving dispatch?
Karrer said county officials were scheduled to meet in Frankfort at Kentucky State Police Dispatch  sometime this week to review issues between dispatch and the sheriff’s department.
Still, Karrer says until he sees improvement from KSP dispatch that he is declining to sign the check to provide payment to state police for their services.
Although no final decision has been made, Karrer said he is aware of at least one county that is interested in providing dispatching services for Spencer County.