AUBURN | Emergency responders are not entirely pleased with Cayuga County's newly adopted emergency communications system.

Since the system's inception, first responders working in the northern half of the county have experienced problems finding adequate coverage for their portable and paging emergency communication devices. But at the Cayuga County Legislature's Judicial and Public Safety Committee meeting Tuesday afternoon, legislators authorized a plan to help fix the new system's glitches.

During the meeting, Denise Spingler, of Cayuga County 911, said the problems started after six tower sites were removed.

"Weedsport and Victory seem to be our more problematic areas," she said.

To ensure the emergency communications system is available throughout the county, Springler told the legislators that the county's antennae will be raised higher. This county is set to discuss the proposed fix with Motorola at the end of the month.

Spingler said Cayuga County 911 plans to take steps to temporarily patch up the system while the county works toward a permanent fix — something she said emergency responders expressed concern about at a recent meeting.

"I think it's most beneficial for right now to increase the paging coverage by increasing the paging antennae," she said. "I do think it's really important to show them that we are being aggressive."

After listening to Spingler speak, the committee voted unanimously to carry a resolution allowing Cayuga County 911 to use $30,000 — taken from a contingency fund — to improve the emergency communications system.

The legislators also approved a resolution allowing the county's Policy Review and Oversight Committee to add a second person to its eight-member board in order.

Staff writer Samantha House can be reached at 282-2282 or samantha.house@lee.net. Follow her on Twitter at Citizen_House.

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Jim Mignogna

Let me see if I have this right. We pay Motorola $17 million + to install the new communication system which doesn't work, then we have to pay another $30,000. to fix their screw-up????

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