The Vigo County Council voted to approve spending proposals for the Sheriff’s Department and road repairs at last night’s meeting.
The council will spend more than $150,000 to upgrade the Vigo County sheriffs’ and jail records’ management system and they will spend $400,000 to upgrade 911 systems to interact with what is called “Next-Gen 911.”
That will allow the 911 system to interact with smart phones.
Those that need 911 will be able to text instead of call if they want and they will be able to send video and pictures of a crash to the dispatch center.
Those features will help dispatchers know better what to send to the scene of an emergency.
The Vigo County also approved $900,000 for the highway department to begin repairing roads.
The county has over 800 miles of paved road and it costs approximately $80,000 to repair one mile of roadway so this will not fix every road but it should be a good start on the worst roads.
The county is expecting to need several thousands more for road repair throughout the rest of this year.