At least one work session will be scheduled in the coming weeks for representatives from the County, City and other governmental agencies to hammered out details on how communications equipment upgrades will take place and be funded in Scotts Bluff County.
County Commissioners Monday night discussed potential funding sources and agreements needed among the entities for the project to replace aging Public Safety radio equipment, estimated at an overall price tag of $7.2 million.
Commissioner Mark Harris said it was clear from prior discussions the county needs to take the lead. ” It’s going to be far better if the County can figure out where we think we are, and put a proposal on the table for them, rather than 15 other entities coming up with 15 other proposals or thoughts, and they put theirs on the table first. It’s just going to be confusing.”
Deputy Sheriff Troy Brown told the board he and Communications Coordinator Tyler Rexus had learned that the nearly $7 million in American Rescue Plan funding to county can be used for the project, and there may additional money available through Congressman Adrian Smith’s office.
Potential ideas for an agreement with the county as the lead agency on the project would be discussed at the workshop, which would include other governmental agencies and be open to the public.