On Monday, the Board of County Commissioners gave Sheriff Amy Reyes the green light to pursue a contract with Motorola for the purchase of a new dispatch console, the interface system dispatchers utilize to communicate 911 calls to emergency response agencies.

Though the county’s current dispatch console is still operational, technical support for the product ended on May 31, making it risky to go forward without a maintenance or repair option.

Reyes settled upon a Motorola product for its user simplicity and lower price point. The console, along with one year of prepaid software and on-site support, will cost the county around $135,000. After year one, Reyes plans to contract with a yet-to-be-determined technical support company for repairs.

Instead of pulling unbudgeted money for the console out of the general fund in one chunk, the county is pursuing a municipal lease with Community Banks of Colorado. The lease could run for either five or seven years.

The financing option will also give the county time to pursue a cost-sharing agreement with other emergency response agencies such as the Leadville Police Department, Leadville/Lake County Fire-Rescue and St. Vincent Hospital’s ambulance service.

Stakeholders are also considering going to Climax, the Leadville Race Series, Ski Cooper and others who utilize the county’s radio and dispatch services for a once time donation.

“When it comes to life safety ... you just can’t say no,” commissioner Mark Glenn said.

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