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Davison Co. delays portable radio purchase in anticipation of possible grant funds

The Davison County Public Safety Center. (Republic file photo)

A request for new portable radios for Davison County Jail and Sheriff's Office employees will have to wait.

The Davison County Commission decided it would be prudent to wait until it can apply for Homeland Security grant funds to purchase 20 new radios. The county could apply for the funds next year.

The five-person board came to the agreement at its regular Tuesday meeting at the Davison County North Offices.

Corrections Administrator Don Radel estimated the cost for the radios could be around $13,000, but the existing radios may be repaired in the meantime. But the jail staff's radios are aging rapidly.

"Some of them are dating back to when we opened the jail in '96," Radel said.

Commissioner Randy Reider was on board with the plan to wait, and joked about the county's ability to get by with the equipment it has.

"We've been good at making things limp along," Reider said.

But Reider was sure to ask Radel if the radios used for communication among the staff were a "serious safety risk." Radel said they aren't.

Commission Chair Brenda Bode also backed the plan to wait until grant funds could be available.

"I do understand and I acknowledge that we have to upgrade, I just have a difficult time thinking that we have to spend the money if we can get it through Homeland Security," Bode said.

Other business

In other business, the commission:

• Met as the Board of Adjustment to approve a conditional use permit for a sign, as requested by Mustang Seeds and Cody Plamp. The board also approved a setback variance for an addition for Lowell Titze, a lot size variance for Ron Halweg and a lot size variance for Kandee Strand. The board also approved a lot size variance for the Schoenfelder Estate. As the commission, plats for Halweg, Strand and the Schoenfelder Estate were approved.

• Approved liquor licenses for Wild Oak LLC and the Kongo Klub.

• Discussed and approved the Health Insurance Committee recommendation for county employees.

• Approved bills.

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