Friday, November 22, 2019
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Cookeville Considering Radio Communications Change

The Putnam County Emergency Communications District (ECD) might be taking over Cookeville’s two-way radio equipment.

City Manager James Mills said council members will consider an agreement Thursday that allows the transition to move forward.

“We would turn over ownership of our radio equipment to the emergency communications district,” Mills said. “and then they would be responsible for all maintenance, repairs, and replacement of that equipment.”

The agreement states that ECD will use the equipment to expand and better serve public safety agencies throughout Putnam County. Mills said the city would also be able to avoid paying third-party vendors by having access to ECD’s expertise.

“What this gets around to is by allowing them to have ownership of the equipment, they can use 911 monies to fund all this,” Mills said. “As I understand it, It should save everybody money.”

Cookeville and ECD may withdraw from the agreement at any time. The agreement would be reviewed annually to determine if the city should continue with the arrangement.

Cookeville City Council meets Thursday at 5:30 p.m. inside city hall.

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