BENTON -- The Scott County Sheriff's Department will soon have full radio coverage in the county.
County commissioners accepted the bid for a second repeater for the department radios from the sole bidder, JCS Tel-Link in Cape Girardeau, during their regular meeting Tuesday.
The repeater, an electronic device for radios that boots low-level signals so they cover longer distances and remain clear, will provide a clear signal to places in the northern half of the county that currently can not be reached by the department's radios.
The total cost for the repeater, audio router, system backhaul, and labor on the installation is $30,438.36.
The new repeater, which will be placed on the Scott City water tower, will work independently or with the current repeater, according to Gerald Walton of JCS Tel-Link.
"It's going to take probably six weeks just to get the (FCC) license," Walton said. "This is a new repeater, new license."
The repeater's purchase is being funded through the State Emergency Management Agency's Interoperable Communications grant program which is reimbursing the county for $50,500 in purchases to improve communications in the county.
Thursday commissioners approved the purchase of eight satellite phones from Bootheel Wireless in Sikeston for a total of $20,061.64.
Joel Evans, county developer, said the county must submit the purchase of the repeater for reimbursement by Jan. 31.
In other business, county officials discussed the use of inmates of the Scott County Jail to clean up trash left after the Cotton Carnival Parade on Saturday in Sikeston.
Sheriff Rick Walter said the inmates worked for over 4.5 hours picking up trash.
"They did a heck of a job, they really did," Commissioner Dennis Ziegenhorn said. "We had several businesses come out and thank us."