By Daniel E. McGonigle
The Caledonia Argus
The Houston County board approved the purchase of the LETG system.
The Law Enforcement Technology Group system is an all-encompasing system that the county would implement in all of its departements, squad cars, dispatch centers and other places. The system will help the departments all be able to talk to each other and will give the officers technological advancements already in place in many other departments throughout the state and region.
“This is long overdue,” Scott Yieter said of the updated technology. “This has been in place in other departments for the better part of 10 years.”
Commissioner Justin Zymewski tasked Yieter with coming up with a way to pay for the upgrades without having an impact on the budget.
“I was given the task of finding a way to fund the proposed upgrade of the sheriff’s office record management system in a way that has a zero effect budget increase,” he said. “I believe that I have achieved this.”
Yieter provided documentation of how the money would come from permit to varry funds, E911 funds and other sources of revenue to cover the yearly cost of nearly $70,000.
Upon signing the contract, $38,149,60 is due. Yieter will take that money from the E911 funds and permit to carry funding sources.
In 2015 through 2018, $66,547.60 will be due. In additon to the two funding sources listed above, Yieter noted that monies could be transferred out of various other projects.
“2014 expenses are covered either by budgeted money transferred to support this project, E911 funds or unbudgeted proceeds from the sale of surplus property (squad cars, trailblazer, old equipment and abandoned property,)” he said.
Other municipalities across the county are on board with the technology. Those departments, who also have a much smaller investment in the technology than does the county, will also benefit and will have the equipment installed in their vehicles.
Installation of the system is expected to begin sometime in 2015 and will take several months to both install and train for its use.