Dodge County Closing In On Radio Communication Project

(Juneau)  Dodge County is one step closer to completing a project that allows for more consistent radio communication countywide.  At its meeting this week, the executive committee signed off on a plan to upgrade the county’s Highway and Alternate Emergency channels to simulcast capability.  Over $320,000 in funding was reserved for the project in the 2017 budget.  All other county channels have been upgraded in recent years.  If the county board gives the green light at its February meeting, the project will be completed later this year.  Meanwhile, the committee did not make any changes to a draft agreement for a proposed economic development partnership with neighboring Jefferson County.  The project’s goal is to coordinate the area’s economic development efforts by growing businesses while attracting and developing workforce talent.  Dodge County budgeted $85,000 for the partnership in 2017.  If the executive committee signs off on the final draft on February 6, it will go to the full county board for a vote two weeks later.  Officials hope the partnership can begin in late March.