Wright City officials will apply for a public safety grant in hopes of getting money for new computers for police cars and radios for its public works department.
The Wright City Board of Aldermen approved applying for a public safety grant that would provide money for needed equipment.
If awarded, the bulk of the grant money would be used to purchase new computers and docking stations for the city’s police cars.
“The current computers that we have are no longer serviceable,” Police Lieut. Aaron Sutton told aldermen at the Dec. 14 meeting.“They will not provide parts. There’s no warranty. There’s nothing that we can do outside of taking an old computer and gathering it together with what we have now.”
Sutton said the current computers are at least 15 years old.
New docking stations are required as well because the department’s current docks are not compatible with the new computers.
The cost of the computers and docks is $49,000, Sutton said.
Additional money was requested in the grant application for new radios for the city’s public works department. The cost for four radios is $4,073.28.
The cost to apply for the grant is $3,600. The city has $10,000 allotted in its 2024 budget for grant applications, Alderwoman Karey Owens said during the Dec. 28 meeting.
Aldermen approved applying for the grant by a vote of 4-0.
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