HINCKLEY TWP. — The discussion of upgrading dispatch in the city of Brunswick, Brunswick Hills Township and Hinckley Township has been going on for many months now. Hinckley trustees finally made their decision and will be moving forward with a Medina County-run system.
The three areas have been trying to choose between the statewide MARCS system and the countywide Harris radio system that is offered through Medina County Sheriff’s Office.
Last week, Brunswick Hills decided to keep its contract with the city and to make use of the MARCS system. With this system, dispatch will be run through the city of Brunswick.
At Wednesday’s meeting, Hinckley trustees voted unanimously to terminate the township’s contract with the city so that it can move to the Harris system.
“Brunswick is moving to the MARCS radio system and Hinckley has determined that the Harris System, which is the county system, provides better coverage for Hinckley,” said trustee Becky Lutzko.
The decision to end the contract requires a 90-day notice. This means that the township will be using the current UHF system until April 1.
“MARCS doesn’t work here in the township,” said Hinckley police Chief David Centner. “Forty percent of the townships are dead zones for the MARCS system.
In addition to approving the motion that terminated the contract with the city of Brunswick for dispatch, the trustees approved Centner’s request for the funds to buy new radios for township’s use of the Harris System.
The department will be buying 14 portable radios, six mobile radios, and one base station which will all go into use in April once the department is able to use the Harris system.
The total cost of the new equipment is $46,922.89.