The Otoe County Board of Commissioners approved a plan to purchase dispatch consoles, upgraded radios and a records management system for the Otoe County Dispatch Center.
Commissioners voted 5-0 on June 27 to enter into an inter-local agreement with the City of Nebraska City to purchase the equipment. Otoe County will be responsible for about 71 percent of the total cost, and Nebraska City will pay about 29 percent of the total purchase.
Commissioners worked with representatives of the City of Nebraska City and the Otoe County Sheriff’s Office to work out the agreement for the estimated $1.6 million upgrade.
“Working with the commissioners and with the city has been great,” said Otoe County Sheriff Chief Deputy Mike Holland during the meeting. “This is the way government is supposed to work.”
The new equipment will be purchased from Motorola Solutions, and the company can provide the dispatch center with regular upgrades as needed, said Tony Kosiba, strategic account manager for Motorola Solutions.
With the upgraded system, all the different report-generating programs that the sheriff’s office uses will all communicate with one another, said Holland, which will make paperwork easier and more efficient.
During the meeting, commissioners also approved the purchase of a 2017 Dodge Durango all-wheel-drive sport utility vehicle for the sheriff’s department. The vehicle will cost $26,053 from Larson Motors and will include a $9,250 trade-in of a Ford F150 pickup.
In other matters, commissioners heard a report from Desaray Johnson of SENCA detailing second-quarter activity for the organization.
SENCA has established a satellite office in Syracuse that Johnson visits once a month. She is available in the Housing Authority office, 990 Walnut St., on the third Wednesday of the month.
Anyone needing assistance can schedule an appointment by contacting the Otoe County Family Outreach Office in Nebraska City, 402-873-6459 or 402-297-7398.
Commissioners also approved the final plat of the North Wind Subdivision located at the corner of North 2 and C Roads.
The board also approved the renewal of a contract for child support enforcement with Stephen Kraviec on a month-to-month basis.