Council approves bond funds for dispatch upgrade

The cash will come from leftover police station bond money.

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WALLA WALLA -- The City Council on Wednesday unanimously approved the use of $34,000 in voter-approved police station bond funds to improve the countywide emergency dispatch radio system.

The improvements will fix the current tower, antenna, transmission lines and cables at the Walla Walla Emergency Management Services Communication Center, as well as replace a radio transceiver that serves as a backup system for the Walla Walla Police Department, according to city documents.

While the work is primarily geared toward improving the city's police communications, other Walla Walla County police and fire agencies will benefit from the improvements, emergency dispatch manager Steve Ruley said.

The wording for the 2010 voter approved bond measure stated that part of the $11.6 million could be used to renovate "other existing police facilities."

City officials said the $34,000 would come out of a $300,000 allotment of police bond funds dedicated to renovating City Hall's basement after police moved out.

Last week, police moved into the new station on Moore Street.

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

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