Lee County Making Progress on Radio Upgrade
LEE COUNTY, Ia. (WGM) – Lee County first responders have said plans to upgrade their analog radio system are moving forward.
The $ 6 million project ran into trouble in May when issues with a radio resident near Keokuk surfaced, but Lee County Sheriff Stacy Weber said they were back. on the right track.
He and his deputies said it was a great relief as the current system is unreliable in parts of the county.
“If we go to the north end of our county, near the Skunk River, it becomes very static and hard to hear,” said MP Uriah Wheatley. “If you go down south to Keokuk on Valley Road, it becomes a problem because you can’t hear much of what’s going on.”
Weber said the outdated analog system can also be a big deal when they need to talk to other agencies on the fly.
“I can’t tell you how many lawsuits are being carried out in other jurisdictions and we can’t talk to anyone, we’re just alone,” he said.
In addition to making progress in putting the necessary infrastructure in place, Weber said they are also making progress on renovating the department room that will house the new system.
“We’re just waiting for electricity and maybe a new suspended ceiling and other than that we’re good to go,” he said. “The air conditioner has been installed and the rack hardware and system have already been inspected and we ‘I accepted it.”
MPs say they’re happy to have a better way to communicate just on the horizon
“Being able to talk on the radio, being able to communicate is one of our lifelines in this job. Being able to talk to my partner, he can be 15, 20 minutes away. Being able to speak clearly with him helps us to plot.”
Weber says he appreciates the patience residents of Lee County have shown as they launch the project.
“They are the consumers here. It’s a product that they will use someday and we want to make sure that we buy a good one, it will be a 30 year solution to a problem, not just a bandage and everyone has it. will be better served. “