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County Commissioners Meeting - wrap up

County Commissioners Meeting - wrap up
Monday, August 12, 2013 - 7:24pm

El Paso County Commissioners on Monday agreed to pay their share for new radios for the El Paso County Sheriff's Office. That comes with a price tag of just under $1.3 million.

Commissioners also have to pay Motorola Solutions to design and the build the digital platform and that's expected to cost over $8.5-million. As we've reported Sheriff Richard Wiles says their current analog system is outdated and is putting deputies at risk with several dead spots in the county.

County Commissioners also agreed to renew their contract with Life Ambulance for another year. However there is an out clause. If commissioners find a better company and or deal within 60 days they will terminate the contract. Commissioner Vince Perez will be in charge of finding out what other counties are doing.
"We continue to provide good service and the uncertainty measures that you know, just happen. We'll just have to deal with. But it's ok. We respect their decision,” Rachel Harracksing, the President of Life Ambulance Service said.

The Life Ambulance company also said they're funding is also being effected by Medicaid. In September Medicaid is cutting 5-percent of what they give to ambulances. Life ambulance says this may affect future bid processes.

And over in East El Paso construction continues on El Paso’s Sportspark. Commissioners got up to speed on the renovations being done at the park. They approved the $7 million upgrade in 2012. Some parts of the park are closed down until the construction is complete which on Monday commissioners said is costing the county money.

"There's [sic] four fields that are totally unused so we are losing revenue. We're not able to use it. So, we're hopeful that anytime soon. I don't want to give you an exact date because I don't have one. But in the very, very near future we'll be able to get those fields completed, the clubhouse completed. And invite other leagues to come to El Paso and have their tournaments here in town,” County Commissioner Carlos Leon told us.

Some of the projects include four t-ball fields with a full-service concession stand and new restrooms.

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