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Township Places Order For Emergency Radios

SANATOGA PA – As Lower Pottsgrove begins fleshing out its 2016 township budget, the spending plan could include some costs related to the anticipated arrival next year of new fixed base and portable emergency radios that will power a substantially upgraded Montgomery County communications system.

The township has already submitted to the county its order for radios needed not only for the police department, but also for the Sanatoga and Ringing Hill fire companies, their fire police units, and other authorized users, police Chief Michael Foltz told the Board of Commissioners in his latest monthly report.

The county decided two years ago to upgrade some and replace other portions of the system, at an estimated cost of $29.9 million. Of that amount, $6.1 million is set aside to buy more than 1,800 new radios that will replace antiquated units. Radios being purchased for Lower Pottsgrove and other municipalities will be financed under a program the county negotiated with the Delaware Valley Regional Finance Authority.

The radios are estimated to cost about $3,500 each. Municipalities taking advantage of the five-year interest-free financing were advised by the county to “plan to make their first payments on those loans in calendar year 2016 at the earliest.”

Creation of Lower Pottsgrove’s 2016 operating budget is in only initial stages, according to township Manager Ed Wagner. A final document must be approved by the board by December.

In addition to placing its order for several dozen radios, Foltz said, the township also met a county-set deadline to indicate its interest in obtaining financing.

Commissioners are next scheduled to meet Sept. 8 (2015; Tuesday) at 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 2199 Buchert Rd. The meeting is free to attend and open to the public.

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