Commissioners OK radio maintenance

By Cecilia Fox -

MIAMI COUNTY — The Miami County Commissioners voted to extend a contract for continued maintenance of the county’s current radio system at their meeting Tuesday.

“We have to maintain our current radio system and this gives us 24/7 parts and labor coverage for that until we get transferred over to MARCS,” Communication Center Director Jeff Busch said. “We hope to be done by January with the transition.”

The contract with WS Electronics will be continued on a month-to-month basis at a cost of $14,000 per month until the transition to the MARCS system is complete.

The commissioners voted last week to approve an agreement with the state of Ohio for participation in the the Multi-Agency Radio Communication System (MARCS.)

Participation in MARCS will allow the county’s first responders to communicate with other participating agencies in the state.

In other business, the commissioners authorized memorandum of understanding between the Fraternal Order of Police, the Ohio Labor Council, and the county which extends the date for a fact finder to conduct a hearing until Feb. 28, 2017.

“We’re in negotiations with the telecommunicators at the Dispatch Center. State law has set timelines which can be waived, and since we’re talking and hoping to settle without going through the additional expense of fact finding and conciliation, this just gives us some extra time,” Busch said.

By Cecilia Fox

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