Council to vote on emergency dispatch work

Funds would come from the bond for the city's new police station.

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WALLA WALLA -- The City Council will vote this week on an emergency dispatch upgrade that will use $34,000 of police bond money in a project that would improve communications for all emergency agencies in the county.

At its regular Wednesday night meeting, the Council will look at a plan to improve the current tower, antenna, transmission lines and cables at the City Hall emergency dispatch center, as well as replace a radio transceiver that serves as a backup system, according to city documents.

"It is primarily going to benefit the city, but it is for any agency that uses it. If our system isn't working, then it is there for them," Walla Walla Emergency Services Communications Center Manager Steve Ruley said.

Though numerous agencies -- including the county Sheriff's Office, College Place police and all fire agencies -- will benefit from transceiver upgrade, the funding for the upgrade will come solely from the bond for the city's new police station.

The wording of the bond passed in August 2010 state that the $11.6 million general obligation bond could be used to "pay the costs of a new police station and renovate the existing police station and other existing police facilities."

The Council will review this item Wednesday at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 15 N. Third Ave.

Alfred Diaz can be reached at alfreddiaz@wwub.com or 526-8325.

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