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The Sauk County Board will consider upgrades to the county’s emergency communications network and the purchase of new law enforcement vehicles during its monthly meeting Tuesday.

One of seven business items on the board’s monthly agenda is a resolution that would authorize the purchase more than $300,000 in equipment upgrades at nine communication tower sites.

The towers support the county’s emergency communications center that receives service calls from throughout the county and are due for upgrades. Officials have been planning for the work over the last few years and have budgeted for the purchases.

In other business, the board will consider the purchase of nine squad cars, two unmarked squad cars, and one prisoner transport van for the Sauk County Sheriff’s Office. They will replace vehicles with high mileage in order to avoid increased maintenance, according to meeting documents.

After trade-in, the total cost of the 12 new vehicles plus equipment comes to $320,385. The county’s 2019 budget includes $324,000 for squads and equipment, according to a fiscal note from Sauk County Accounting Director Kerry Beghin.

The board is also slated to consider the following items Tuesday night:

  • Authorizing the creation of an ad hoc Oral Health Committee.
  • Authorizing the purchase of optical character recognition software.
  • Approving an agreement with MSA Professional Services to administer a housing loan program.
  • Authorizing a space needs study for the Sauk County Highway Department.
  • Authorizing a contract with Strang to complete a space needs assessment of three county buildings.

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Baraboo News Republic reporter