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Lockport to spend $40,000 on basement police radio gear

LOCKPORT – Mayor Anne E. McCaffrey said Wednesday that the Lockport Common Council will be asked to spend $40,000 on a special antenna that will allow the city’s new police radios to receive signals in the basement of City Hall, where the Police Department garage is located.

“We have to have that,” McCaffrey said at a Council work session. She said officers spend enough time in the basement to justify having that radio access through what she called a “bidirectional antenna.” Alderman John Lombardi III complained, “When that was brought before us, we were guaranteed that no expense would result.”

Director of Finance Scott A. Schrader said the antenna would be paid for from the city’s capital budget for large purchases.

The basement is one of the few places in Niagara County in which the county’s new $10 million emergency radio system doesn’t work. The county built seven new radio towers and bought new portable radios for all first responders in the county.