City of La Crosse updating its radio system

Agreement with Motorola likely completed in 3 weeks

A public safety issue in La Crosse is getting addressed.

The Board of Public Works has a more than $7 million agreement with Motorola in the works to update the city’s radio system.

The system used by groups like the Police and Fire Departments, as well as things like street and sewer crews. The system is upwards of 20-years-old and has recently been living on discontinued replacement parts.

“We’ve needed to do this probably for the last 4-5 years and haven’t been in a position financially to fund it. It is very expensive, there is about 500 radios involved,” La Crosse Public Works Director Dale Hexom said.

The agreement with Motorola will likely be completed in three weeks. In that time, public works plans to finish design of radio towers.

Specifically the director is looking at towers by County Road B on top of City Hall and south of Highway 14/61. The work is expected to wrap up some time next year.