GIRARD — The Crawford County Commission discussed possible projects and improvements with Crawford County Sheriff Dan Peak at its regular meeting Tuesday.
Peak brought several items for discussion before the commission, including financing for Crawford County Sheriff’s Office vehicles, communications improvements and sewer improvements.
Bids for financing CRSO vehicles came up for bid and renewal this year, and Peak said First National Bank of Girard had the lowest bid at 1.7 percent interest. Peak said two Ford Crown Victorias and a Ford F150 will be paid off and three more vehicles will be financed as part of the regular rotation.
Peak reported that the CRSO 911 answering system is reaching the end of its life and needs to be replaced. Peak said CRSO is discussing a partnership with the City of Pittsburg to partner on a new system. Each department would house a server.
“We would each have a server, the same way our dispatch system works now,” Peak said. “It is a connected system.”
Peak said with the replacement of the answering system it was recommended to upgrade the phone system. Peak said he plans to bring a request to the 911 Committee for approval of a $10,000 request for part of the phone replacement.
The total project will cost $35,000, and CRSO is paying the bulk of the cost out of its special projects fund.
“The special projects fund is made up of money from VIN inspections, joint efforts with the IRS and other work we do,” Peak said. “None of it comes from tax money in our budget.”
Peak also reported that the City of Girard was replacing the lift station at its industrial park — where the Crawford County Jail is located. Peak would like to set up a work session with the City of Girard and the commission in order to revisit discussions about a bar screen to keep debris from the jail from becoming jammed in the new lift station.
The groups had trouble in the past agreeing on a type of screen and which entity would pay for it.
Finally, Peak reported he was approached by Greenbush Director of Grants Management Bonnie Houk about applying for a Justice Assistance Grant for the purpose of building a radio tower on the Greenbush campus.
“If there is a possibility for grant funds, a radio tower there would really improve our coverage in the western part of the county,” Peak said. “Which we’ve discussed in the past.”
Peak said Houk is looking into the potential for the grant and will report back, as well as assist with writing the grant.
“I think this is a great thing to work on for Walnut and McCune,” Commissioner Jeff Murphy said.
— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.