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PC Board: Money designated to furnish new law enforcement center

After the Pierce County Board's approval at the Aug. 22 meeting, the new Pierce County Law Enforcement Center will include a new microwave link for the dispatch center, while also upgrading the current microwave radios and equipment. Matthew Lambert / RiverTown Multimedia

At its monthly meeting, the Pierce County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to approve spending $459,717.92 on equipment for the Pierce County Sheriff's office and the new Pierce County Law Enforcement Center facility Tuesday, Aug. 22.

The money will be taken out of the undesignated and Jail Assessment funds, respectively, which is sufficient according to the County.

The equipment will include a new microwave link from the current tower site to the new jail, while also upgrading the current radios in the dispatch center; $258,365 will come from the undesignated fund balance.

The new microwave link was not a previously budgeted item for which the county had accounted.

The dispatch center will also receive new servers for daily operations and record keeping, with $33,055.72 coming from the Jail Assessment Fund balance and $99,167.16 from the undesignated fund balance.

New furniture for the dispatch center, from Xybix, will cost $69,130.04 from the undesignated fund balance.

The resolution was approved after its second reading; the board had previously discussed the spending and equipment at the July 25 meeting.

The meeting adjourned after nine minutes. The next Pierce County Board meeting will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26.

Other business

• The board unanimously approved an inclusion that would allow Pierce County to participate in the Wisconsin Retirement System Income Continuation Insurance Program effective Jan. 1, 2018.

• The board unanimously approved an amendment to the normal business hours for Pierce County departments. The change will make 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. the normal business hours.

• The board approved a motion from Supervisor Michael Kahlow (River Falls) to suspend the rules and waive the reading of an ordinance that would establish a policy for a cut-off time for filing and recording documents in the Office of the Register of Deeds. Supervisor Ben Plunkett voted against the motion.

• The board unanimously approved the amendment of chapter 232 of the Pierce County Code Comprehensive Plan.

• The board unanimously approved the appointment of Dr. Gayle Murty to replace Dr. David Woeste on the Pierce County Board of Health. The term will begin August 2017 and end April 2020.

Matthew Lambert

Matthew Lambert joined the Pierce County Herald and River Falls Journal in December 2016 covering government, school board, and writing features about the community. He is a graduate of Winona State University with a Bachelor's degree in Journalism. 

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