(WTNH) — Inside Middletown‘s Fire Department on Cross Street, is the 911 emergency call center which connects the 911 center with police and fire departments, except for the times when the signal doesn’t reach their radios.
“Some of the areas, particularly, the low-lying areas are not receiving as good of coverage as they used to,” said Daniel Drew, the Mayor of Middletown. So, we need to upgrade our system to keep up with regular standards and to make sure that when we dispatch police or fire, that our dispatch center can hear them and that they can hear one another everywhere throughout the city.”
Authorities say when the FCC mandated a conversion from analog to digital some of the coverage became spotty in Middletown.
“We need a radio upgrade,” said Drew.
On Election Day, Middletown voters will decide whether to approve a $12-million bond to upgrade the city’s radio communications.
Cheshire is also looking to upgrade their town/education public safety radio system. Voters will be asked to approve a $#-million bond for that.
They’ll be asked whether they approve of another $6.5 in bonds for things like replacing a fire truck, repaving roads and making improvements to local schools.
In Ansonia, along with several other ballot issues, voters will be asked if they approve of the city issuing $12-million for the planning and construction of a new police department.
Knowing your city or town’s ballot initiatives ahead of time may help save time when you’re in the voting booth.
Rich Pugliese of Middletown approves of the Middletown ballot measure his city put to the voters.
“Anything we can do to improve public safety in a community is worth it,” said Pugliese.
To learn more about the ballot questions that Connecticut voters are considering click this link. A sample ballot for each of Connecticut’s towns and cities is available. Not every city and town has ballot questions to consider.