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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Council to meet in work session on emergency radios and indoor recreation facility

The Crossville city council holds a work session Thursday evening June 16 to discuss two items of business.  The meeting will be in the third floor conference room 317 and starts at 5 PM.

The council is considering the purchase of new radios for police fire and city employee use that would allow them to access the county's current radio system.  Currently the city has separate VHF radio system and according to Police Chief Rod Shoap and Fire Chief  Mike Turner at previous meetings they have tested the new county digital radio system and found it to be superior to the system they currently use.

In addition to better coverage, the system will allow the city to communicate directly with county units, something difficult to do with the current system.  Chief Turner said FCC regulation changes have dropped the power out put from 100 watts down to 15 watts on portable radios.

During the work session, there will be both types of radios at the meeting and council will be able to see the difference between the two systems.  The cost of the change over is estimated to be $1,135,000.

Estimated costs for an indoor recreation facility similar to the one at Manchester TN will be presented to the council.  The council will discuss the type of facility and costs that might be put on the ballot as a referendum for city voters in November.

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