June 24, 2015

Clermont Communications Tower Passes Inspection

BATAVIA, Ohio (June 24, 2015) – Clermont County’s Bauer Road Communications Tower today passed an inspection by the Central Joint Fire-EMS District. All fire code violations cited at the tower after a June 15 inspection have been remedied, said Assistant Fire Chief Roy Short.

At the communications tower, Clermont County:
• Removed all paper and cardboard items, and anything blocking exits
• Removed multiplug adapters
• Replaced emergency lighting
• Fixed cabinet ventilation
• Posted address sign outside the tower
• Installed permanent electrical wiring and removed extension cords

The clutter and temporary wiring were related to the county transitioning from an older communications system to a new Motorola system operated by the State of Ohio called MARCS (Multi Agency Regional Communication System). The old equipment had not yet been moved out of the building at the base of the communications tower.

At their regular Wednesday session today, the Board of County Commissioners  approved the purchase of a Motorola MOSCAD monitoring system, which will alert operators to such things as intrusions, temperature swings, or the system going offline. The monitoring system costs approximately $87,000, less than the $125,000 originally budgeted as part of the MARCS project.

“Once these violations were brought to our attention, we immediately began to address them,” said Ed Humphrey, President of the Board of County Commissioners. “We’re pleased to receive a clean bill of health from Central Joint Fire-EMS.”

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