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Communications project moving ahead

The $900,000 Wyoming County emergency communications project will be done by September, county officials said Thursday.

A new radar dish was installed atop the Wyoming County Government Center Thursday afternoon following the county's Public Safety Committee meeting. The radar dish is next to the county Public Safety building, which houses Wyoming's 911 emergency dispatch center and the jail on North Main Street.

The county is improving emergency communications equipment that dated back to at least the 1980s. County leaders also want to improve overall wireless telephone communications service for Wyoming residents.

The system is used by police, fire and rescue personnel at county and local levels throughout Wyoming.

"Things are moving right along," said James Reger, county emergency services coordinator. "Things are going great."

A new 400-foot-tall tower has been installed on Wethersfield Road in Wethersfield, along with a 100-foot-tall tower in Arcade.

A new 200-foot-tall tower is still to be installed in the Town of Attica, along with a 194-foot-tall tower in the Town of Pike. An 80-foot-tall tower will be built in the Town of Warsaw.

County officials said the project is being financed by county reserves and federal funds. Rep. Thomas Reynolds, R-Clarence, helped to secure two federal grants totaling $190,000 over the past year for the effort.

In other news, the county's Board of Supervisors' first Green Space Committee meeting is set for 9 a.m. Monday in the Wyoming County Government Center.

The committee involving eight supervisors is expected to deal with issues such as future wind energy projects. Committee members are Joseph Gozelski of Castile, John Knab of Sheldon, James Brick of Perry, John Copeland of Wethersfield, Joseph Kushner of Eagle, Ellen Grant of Bennington and Susan May of Orangeville.

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