Lincoln County Supervisors plan to get rid of old two-way radios

Published 10:30 pm Thursday, September 7, 2017

The Lincoln County Board of Supervisors Thursday flipped through their thick stacks of printed expenses for the month of July, looking at items line-by-line and throwing out questions to County Administor David Fields.

Who’s getting the satellite television service? The people in the press box at the Lincoln Civic Center Baseball Complex use it to keep up with weather and other necessary information.

How many body cams are being used by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office? Each of the 15 full-time officers wear a body camera when in uniform, and three additional cameras are provided for use in rotation by the part-time officers.

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The question of the day came from District 5 Supervisor Doug Falvey: “Why are we paying $360 every three months for equipment we don’t use?”

Falvey was referring to two-way radios in county-owned vehicles and offices that were leased for the purpose of good communication between pertinent parties.  The problem for the supervisors is that most of the radios don’t work at all, or work poorly.

District 2 Supervisor Bobby Watts said he could be within sight of the tower used for the radios and still not get a good enough signal to use the radio in his vehicle. Board members agreed that most of the county workers rely instead on their cell phones when needed.

Sheriff Steve Rushing suggested that the old high-band equipment no longer used by his deputies be utilized. Instead of paying what works out to $120 each month per district to lease the two-way radios and tower that aren’t working for them, the equipment Rushing mentioned is already owned by the county, as is the tower the radios would use.

Fields will determine what needs to be done for the county to no longer be in contract to use the current radio service, if the old equipment proves to be the better choice.

District 4 Supervisor Eddie Brown made a motion to accept the docket, and District 3 Supervisor Nolan Williamson made the second before all agreed, and the meeting was dismissed.

The next regular meeting of the Board of Supervisors is scheduled for Oct. 3.