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Plans proceed to procure new police radios in West Penn Township

Published April 08. 2014 01:43PM

Police radios currently in use in Schuylkill County will soon join the ranks of analog television sets obsolete.

West Penn Police Chief Brian Johnson said that county emergency officials have told him that the radio switch from analog to digital may be complete by Memorial Day.

During the township meeting Monday, council members agreed to spend about $48,000 to buy six portable and four mobile radios from Green Communications of Pottsville.

The payments will be spread over three years, at $15,921 per year. The township could have spread the payments over five years, but saved $2,300 by shortening the term.

Johnson has stated at prior meetings that using the current analog system, there are numerous "dead spots" in the township where radio communication is spotty. He and other officers have tested the new digital radios, and said they are crystal clear everywhere in the township.

On another safety issue, the township will soon be sending out letters reminding residents that their house numbers must be clearly displayed for emergency personnel. The letter will describe the size and placement of the address information. Once the letters are received, residents have 90 days to comply.

The supervisors plan to tour the township roads on two dates, April 19 and May 3. Once they've collected information, they'll finalize a plan for road projects.

The supervisors also plan work to improve township recreation facilities, using monies that are set aside from fees developers pay as part of their land development plans. The township has $5,165 in the fund. The supervisors said they hope to use the money to repave the township's tennis courts, and also reseed the infield of the baseball field.

The supervisors named former supervisor Al Martinez to serve on the sewage committee.

The supervisors approved a repository sale for $901 for a property located on the north side of Blue Mountain Drive, formerly owned by Anna Smulligan and Francis Siluk. The property was purchased by Snow Green Acres Ltd., which has an address of 16 Blue Mountain Drive.

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