Now that the new communications radios are operational, the Ford County Commission added new computers for 911 dispatchers.

The commission approved the purchase of seven new Computer Aided Dispatch computers from Dell for $6,652.87.

"This is a budgeted line item with the radio upgrades," Ford County Communications director Elliot Linke said.

The upgrade is part of the overhaul of the communications that will also see a relocation of the department from the Ford County Government Center to the radio tower location near Walgreen's.

Several contracts were added and renewed as well during the Monday commission meeting.

The county agreed to renew the Woman Infant Child contract with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

"Funding will be slightly up from years past," Ford County legal counsel Glenn Kerbs said. "The funding is based on the caseload, as clients increase so does the funding."

There will also be additional clients services added as well as a certified breastfeeding educator and nutritional education.

The Ford County Sheriff's Office were also approved a contract with Saline County to house 30 inmates both male and female.

According to Ford County Sheriff Bill Carr, Saline County ran into some issues and asked for help.

The original request was to house 60 inmates however, with the current jail population in Ford County, that number could not be accommodated.

The sheriff's office also reached a contract with Compass Behavioral Health for services to fill the advanced correctional health void.

"This has taken about a year to put together," Carr said. "Because we are not a larger city it is difficult to have employees on staff for advanced correctional health."

Carr also put in a request for a new patrol vehicle that will be a trade in of a pickup truck.

Bids will be put out for the vehicle purchase and be voted on at a later date.

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