Twin Lakes Village Board approves contract for public safety antenna on PD tower

The Twin Lakes Village Board approved an agreement allowing the county’s wireless data network contactor to place an antenna on the Twin Lakes Police Department radio tower.

In exchange, the village will receive about $600 a  month in services that utilize the new network. Other entities that place antennas on the tower — usually cellular telephone service providers — typically pay about $800 a month to the village, said village administrator David Cox.

Kenosha County has been working with HierComm. Inc. to design and install a wirless communication system throughout the county. Public safety agencies will be able to access the network when completed, if they have the right equipment.

Twin Lakes will get some of that equipment and access to the network provided as part of the  agreement approved Monday.

In exchange for being able to place the antenna on the village pd tower, the county has agreed to provide:

  • Six modems to the village upon implementation of the system at no cost to the village. These modems would first be placed in police patrol vehicles, Cox said.
  • Data transmission service to the six vehicles at no cost to the village.
  • Up to seven more modems at no cost to the village.
  • Service to those additional modems.
The agreement was approved unanimously by the board, with Trustee Jeremy Knoll absent.
The Twin Lakes placement is the only tower antenna proposed to be placed on municipal property.  Other municipalities have been asked to place less location crucial relay stations on their facilities.

Last month, the Randall Town Board approved the placement of a relay station for the network at the Randall Fire Department Station 2 in Bassett. HierComm will pay Randall $600 a year.

The Salem Town Board also has approved placement of relay stations on town hall and the town’s new water tower at the Trevor Fire Station and public works facility. Salem’s agreement with HierComm calls for the town to receive service from the system for no charge for fire, rescue public works and general communications.

HierComm may also look to sell access to individuals and businesses, especially in areas that are underserved with high-speed internet access.


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