Commissioners authorize vehicles

By Cecilia Fox -

MIAMI COUNTY — At their meeting Thursday, the Miami County Commissioners authorized the replacement of several county vehicles, as well as work on the county’s 911 telephone system.

The commissioners approved the purchase of two 2018 Western Star single axle dump trucks, dump bodies and hydraulics, as well as salters and snow plow hitches.

According to County Engineer Paul Huelskamp, the department replaces two trucks every year.

The cost of the trucks will be $85,408 each, for a total of $170,817. The trucks will be purchased from Kinstle Sterling in Wapakoneta.

Kalida Truck Equipment of Kalida, Ohio, will fit each chassis with a dump body and hydraulics, along with a salter and snow plow hitch. The quoted price for each truck is $43,345, for a total of $86,690. This price is less than the state term schedule price, Huelskamp confirmed.

The commissioners also authorized the removal of hardware from several dispatch room workstations, to be reinstalled when the new workstations are complete.

In October, the board approved the replacement of six workstations and repairs to the sub-floor under the desks in the dispatch room, due to wear from the 24 hour a day operation.

The county 911 telephone system hardware and Motorola radio consoles will be removed from the existing workstations and reinstalled in the new workstations.

P&R Communications Service of Dayton, the sole provider of these services, will perform the removal and reinstallation at a cost of $5,880.

The commissioners also approved the disposal of the workstations and furnishings, which have been used for more than 26 years and are not suited for use with current technology, Communication Center Director Jeff Busch said.

Busch told commissioners in October that dispatchers are working from the county’s back up center until the work is completed.

The dispatch room will be outfitted with sound-dampening carpet and ceiling tiles to reduce background noise from calls going out over the radio.

The workstations and furniture will also be replaced with more ergonomic chairs and adjustable monitors. Dispatchers use eight monitors at each individual workstation.

By Cecilia Fox

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