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Forest Preserve District may purchase new radios for $137,000

Countywide departments are getting radio communication upgrades

JOLIET – The Forest Preserve District of Will County needs new radios.

The district’s Board of Commissioners is likely to approve the purchase of 90 new portable radios at its Thursday meeting for $137,000. The district needs to replace older radios because they are no longer compatible with a new countywide radio system.

Various county departments will be getting new radios to go with the upgraded radio system. The forest preserve district will also have 41 newer units reprogrammed for $23,141.

The total cost for the radio conversion is estimated not to exceed $161,000. In addition, the district will receive s $16,940 reimbursement for radios that were lost in an April 2017 fire at its operations and aw enforcement facility.

“We learned several years ago we would have to transfer over to a new radio system,” Forest Preserve District of Will County Chief Operations Officer Ralph Schultz said.”There are a number of Will County departments that use the countywide radio system to communicate.”

These departments include the Will County Sheriff’s Office, the forest preserve district police, the Will County Highway Department and more.

Schultz said the units being replaced are probably 10 to 15 years old and work fine, if not for the radio system change.

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