Wood County to seek Homeland Security grant for radios

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Commission will apply for a Homeland Security Grant to purchase radios for local police agencies.

The commission unanimously approved the application during Thursday’s regular commission meeting.

The grant is for $36,850 to purchase eight Mobile SIRN radios, Wood County Grant Coordinator Toni Tiano said. Under the application, two radios would go to the Parkersburg Police Department, the Vienna Police Department, the Williamstown Police Department and the Wood County Sheriff’s Department.

The grant requires no local match.

“We have a good chance to get it,” Tiano said.

The radio will operate with the existing radio systems in the county.

“It will be a good use for a grant,” Commission President Blair Couch said.

The radios are dual band that will work with UHF and VHF systems, 911 Director Rick Woodyard said. They will work with the local radio network and would work with the state’s Statewide Interoperable Radio Network.

The county already applied for the radios for local fire departments, but have not received confirmation they have received them.

The commission also opened a bid for equipment to expand the county’s public safety and emergency communications network in the southern part of the county to improve communications.

The bid from Sunny Communications Inc. of Lakewood, Col., was for $30,000 with $775 shipping.

“This is not a cell tower,” Couch said.

Woodyard said he has been in contact with a number of cell companies but no one has been interested in putting forth the money to set a tower up in that area at this point.

The bid was turned over to Woodyard to review. He will report back to the commission if he feels the county should move forward with it.

In other business, Camden Clark CEO David McClure sent his notice to the commission he is resigning from the Wood County 911 Advisory Committee and the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department Board.

McClure is leaving Camden Clark at the end of this year to take a position with WVU Medicine in Morgantown as the WVU Health System vice president of Strategic Initiatives.

The commission is now announcing the vacancies on both boards.

Commissioners wanted someone from the hospital to serve on the 911 board if possible.

“We need someone from WVU Medicine Camden Clark to serve on 911,” Couch said. “They are critical.”