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City of Lockport to get new radios through county

New radios will soon be coming to the City of Lockport.

A resolution was passed Wednesday during the common council meeting to approve Lockport’s participation in the Niagara County Interoperable Communication System.

Starting Jan. 1, agencies and departments across the state will have to switch to a Narrowbanding system. This will allow every department and agency to have communication with each other throughout the state.

The county program requires Lockport to turn in their current portable and mobile radios and will be provided with new ones.

There is no cost to the city to participate at this time. However, in the future, there may be maintenance or replacement costs when the warranties on the new radios expire.

Mayor Michael Tucker said this has been an on going project with the county and the city originally had concerns because the guidelines for the program that they would be required to follow, had yet to be set up.

“We were satisfied with the answers they gave,” said Tucker, who met with the county several times over the past few weeks.

He said when the guidelines are created, Lockport will have input in the process.

The radios will allow Lockport to be in communication with state, county, volunteer companies and other city, village and town police and fire departments in the area.

In other city news:

• A public hearing on the 2013 city tax budget has been scheduled for 6 p.m. Oct. 17 in the common council chambers, One Locks Plaza.

• The city approved the purchase of two mixing trucks for the compost plant. One truck will be bonded through the city’s capital project and the other will come out of the current compost plant budget. The cost is $214,222.

• The city’s youth and recreation department’s annual Halloween Party will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 26 in the municipal building parking lot.

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