Local Communications Center Needs $1 Million Upgrade

(SIOUX CITY, IA) - Emergency crews in Siouxland rely on a radio system to communicate with each other. Woodbury County Communications said the equipment needs to be upgraded before it's outdated.

However, that will cost a pretty penny: more than $1 million. Sioux City is responsible for 53 percent of the bill while North Sioux City, Sergeant Bluff and Woodbury, Dakota and Union counties together would pay the rest.
"It might not be something you do jointly together and hopefully we can keep the system together, but we might have to wait to upgrade the system so we can keep all the players together," said Glenn Sedivy, Woodbury County Communications.
If the radio system gets the upgrade before 2018, the new system will run until 2030. It was just upgraded two years ago.
The council has not yet approved the city's portion of the cost. It will take some time for all of the various boards involved to come up with a plan.