County OKs funding for Henning radio sitePublished 11:02am Friday, December 14, 2012
Emergency communication throughout Otter Tail County will improve a little more, as Henning will soon have a radio tower fit for the new 800 MHz system used by the rest of the county.
The County Board approved a request to purchase $165,000 required at the tower site. A grant through Central Emergency Service Board may cover a significant amount of the cost, said Sheriff’s Office Lt. Matthew McGuire.
The tower site, which could be at the Henning water tower, will relay signals to surrounding ARMER towers in New York Mills, Amor, Eagle Lake, Parkers Prairie and Hewitt.
“The Henning site is an enhancement to the current system due to its distance away from the other ARMER tower sites,” McGuire said.
The county has recently made the switch over to the 800 MHz system, and the new radio operation allows for more portability, mobile coverage and reliability.
The ARMER system is used by all law enforcement and emergency personnel throughout the county.
“This will put the east side of the county back on communications,” said board chairman Lee Rogness after the equipment purchase was approved.