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Ottawa Upgrades Equipment, Keeps Buses Running

Posted by wlpo on November 16, 2016

The City of Ottawa is continuing to modernize some of their emergency equipment.

At last night’s city council meeting, they voted to spend more than $11,000 on a 2016 Ford Fusion. To help cover the cost of the new undercover police vehicle, the department will also be trading in their current, 2005 Chrysler.

Then the council voted to spend more than $16,000 on 3 portable and 1 mobile radio for the Ottawa Fire Department. According to Commissioner Tom Ganiere, the radios will be paid for via a grant from the Illinois Program for Radiological Excellence. He says the grant will provide all the money for the radios. The city is eligible for the grant because of its proximity to the Exelon nuclear plant in Marseilles.

The council also approved a one-time, $25,000 donation to the North Central Area Transit System. NCAT has faced funding difficulties as a result of the state budget impasse which is currently in its 16th month.

Commissioner Wayne Eichelkraut says he’s hoping the state will release the money it owes next month. He also said NCAT has provided 31,000 rides in the last fiscal year.

 

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