By Audrey Spencer
Killeen Daily Herald
LAMPASAS — The City Council on Monday approved the purchase of a console and 13 new handheld radios for the Lampasas Police Department.
The cost of $54,479.39 for the console and radios, both by Motorola, will come from $47,910 available funding, with the $6,569.39 difference coming from the police-seized funds account.
Police Chief Timothy Angermann told the council about the department's contacting Motorola about a replacement cooling fan and learned that replacement parts didn't exist for its models anymore.
"Ours are so far out of date, they don't have equipment for them anymore," said Angermann about the department's 12-year-old radios. "It may last for three more years, it may last for three days."
The new radios will include panic buttons for officers to fall back on if they find themselves in a situation where they cannot talk and need backup.
Members of the Taylor and Smithville Police departments reported being "very pleased" with the console, which supports eight channels, said Angermann, and reported it as user-friendly.
The radios and console should arrive in Lampasas within eight to 10 weeks.
The council also:
Approved a specific use permit for Richard Williams to construct a faith-based day camp facility on Brown Street, a residential area, including a privacy fence to screen the property from a residence to the south.
Approved an amendment to an ordinance regarding leave and sick time for employees who have worked for the city for 20 or more years.
Voted on a website photo contest winner.
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