FAIRMONT - Martin County commissioners approved a few more purchases Tuesday as the Sheriff's Office continues to prepare for the ARMER radio upgrade.
The Sheriff's Office previously presented a quote for a digital recorder system, to be used at the jail and in new visitation rooms. The system will ease congestion for visitations, which currently require jail staff to arrange the moving around of inmates and visitors. The upgrade also allows better monitoring of jail cells. The board approved the $4,700 purchase.
Also approved was the purchase of an uninterrupted power source for the new dispatching center, at a price of $14,296. The purchase was needed because of there will be a temporary dispatch center in the basement of the law enforcement center as renovations take place upstairs. The power source equipment will be a permanent fixture in the building.
The board also approved hiring two additional part-time jailers, since current part-timers are being used more to transport inmates to other facilities.
Turning to other business Tuesday, commissioners approved several grants, including a community outreach grant of $2,298 for the Veterans Service Office; a grant of $20,530 from the state for Martin County Transit to upgrade bus radios; and a $500 donation to the victim/witness program from the Truman Westford Waverly Community Chest.
In other business, commissioners, approved buying a replacement ATV for the drainage ditch inspector for $10,847. The previous ATV was destroyed by fire this past summer.