Commissioners approve purchase of MARCS patch


By Ivy Potter - ipotter@aimmediamidwest.com



Some much-needed improvements are on the way for volunteer fire departments within the county, as Commissioners approved a request to purchase a MARCS (Multi-Agency Radio Communication) system patch kit during Tuesday’s regular session meeting.

According to commissioners, the patch will improve communication by enabling first responders to communicate via text in situations where it would be difficult to communicate verbally.

“This will enhance the current system for even better coverage, as far as communication, not being able to just verbally communicate but will able to text as well. This is a patch kit that the volunteer fire departments came together and requested that we consider funding,” said Commissioner Bryan Davis.

Davis stated that a recent grant had provided MARCS systems for all the departments, which greatly enhances communication within the townships and improves coverage.

Solid Waste Management District Director Dan Palmer informed commissioners that recent cleanup operation of Lick Run Lyra resulted in over 84 bags and 2 tons of littered items and furniture being collected.

“I want to let the people know we’re watching, “said Palmer. “If we catch people, you’re going to court.”

Commissioner Davis commented that in recent times there has been many hours spent on cleanup in that area alone.

“It seems we always have trouble during this time. We don’t help ourselves when we trash up our community,” said Davis.

In other matters of business, commissioners approved the minutes of Jan. 9, approved requests for appropriation transfer of funds, accepted 2019 inventories, and approved a memorandum of understanding between the Scioto County Engineer and Harrison Township Board of Trustees.

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By Ivy Potter

ipotter@aimmediamidwest.com

Reach: Ivy Potter (740) 353-3101 Extension 1932

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