NEW BERLIN – As the county creeps closer to completing its communication tower project, emergency services and local municipalities are raising concerns with the current inadequacies in coordinating radio response efforts.
The Chenango County Safety and Rules Committee adopted a plan June 8 to purchase a telecommunications service line to its Millbrook tower in the Town of New Berlin.
The approval of the plan is another step forward in Chenango County’s $6 million dollar public safety communications tower project, aimed at replacing the original 1970s era towers in the area and improving emergency service communications.
The move comes while the Sheriff’s Office is hearing concerns from agencies in the northeastern corner of the county that complain current emergency radio broadcasting coverage is unreliable.
Both the New Berlin Fire and Police Departments, along with the Village and Town of New Berlin, had expressed concern over the lack of signal.
The radio transmissions are pivotal in coordinating emergency response in the area, which is also challenged by a lack of cell phone reception in many parts.
In charge of the office’s communications, Chenango County Fire Coordinator Matthew L. Beckwith said the issue with the disrupted frequency began in the spring.