Cadiz talks radio replacement

CADIZ – Village Council on Thursday discussed replacing radios in village departments.

A repeater antenna will be placed on the sheriff’s tower, and communication will be updated and improved, according to officials. The current radios have been in use for approximately 30 years, and the frequency being used is expected to cease in the near future.

“There’s a lot of bleed off that frequency, they’re picking up E-Squad channels, Martins Ferry traffic. It’s bleeding through that same frequency,” said Street Department Superintendent Larry Ludwig.

The Federal Communications Commission would like the village to switch to digital, which will be adaptable to future updates. The digital radios will have two channels and could be modified in the future to have four if necessary, officials said.

The replacement of outdated radios was prompted by a fire at Sally Buffalo Park that destroyed eight radios. Fifteen mobile radios, to be placed in trucks, and 15 portable radios for personnel will be purchased from Staley Technologies Inc., which will take care of FCC licensing.

Council also discussed a street sweeper that has been out of commission for more than two years. Officials talked about how to speed up repairs, which have been delayed. A letter from Solicitor Costa Mastros was sent previously, with no results. Council hopes to regain the street sweeper before the spring season.

“The time will come when the snow’s going to melt, and we’re going to need to clean our streets,” Mastros said.

Councilman Larry Sickle commended the street department for efficient snow removal in the wake of the latest winter storm.

“Our snow removal is way over and beyond, and getting the snow back from the main drag has been exceptional,” Sickle said.

An ordinance is in the works regarding the alley between the Harrison News-Herald and Historical Society buildings off of south Main Street. Council plans to put up a one-way sign for the narrow lane.

The next village council meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Feb. 20.