Last month, the Crawford County Commission gave the go-ahead for the low bids on narrowband radios. But they gave all county public safety organizations close to a month to put in their final purchase numbers.

Last month, the Crawford County Commission gave the go-ahead for the low bids on narrowband radios. But they gave all county public safety organizations close to a month to put in their final purchase numbers.

On Friday, the final list of radio purchases came back, and the county will move ahead in buying radios.

In total, more than $35,200 worth of radios and pagers will be purchased in order to make the federally mandated switch from broadband to narrowband radios. That switchover has a hard deadline of the start of next year, and county officials want to make the switch early.

The $35,201.40 in narrowband radios and pagers comes primarily through rural fire districts, as well as the county Road and Bridge Department, and the EMS crews.

A total of 44 Motorola Minitor pagers will be purchased from Davis Communications for $394 each, mostly for the rural fire departments. Another 40 Vertex VX 2200 mobile radios will be purchased from Washington Electronics for $252.01 each, mostly for use by the road and bridge crews.

There will also be the purchase of 31 HYT 780 handheld radios for $195 each from Davis, and 29 heavy duty lapel mics.

“After the last meeting, we put out a letter to all the cities and fire departments, saying these are the prices, if you want in, here you go,” said Kenny Yoakum, spokesperson of the county committee that put together the bids. “The only thing extra is two pager units. Everything else is spoken for. Everyone understands this is coming out of their budgets, and it’s not being given as a gift.”

The Crawford County Sheriff’s Department is not making any radio purchases through the county. Commissioners said after the meeting that the department will be making its own decisions on the radios and will “be separate.”

In addition, the county sought help from the 911 committee to help pay for a necessary radio repeater. Friday, commissioners discovered that funds would be available through the 911 committee to help pay for that piece.

In other action Friday, county commissioners approved vacating a road in the extreme northeast corner of the county. One mile of 240th Street south of the Bourbon County line will be vacated. Commissioners described it as a “road to nowhere,” because all roads leading from the southern end of that section have been vacated for some time.

The commissioners also approved Cook, Flatt and Strobel out of Wichita for bridge inspections. Their bid of $23,315 was lower than the bids of $25,205 by Schwab-Eaton from Wichita and $36,380 by BG Consultants in Hutchinson.

The bids included both annual and biennial bridge inspections.

Andrew Nash can be reached at andrew.nash@morningsun.net or by calling 231-2600 ext. 140.