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    DeWitt County’s fourth and final shelter for simulcasted radio equipment was put into place July 15. Shown from left are Santos Calderon (DeWitt County sheriff’s officer), Art Carillo (Motorola), Carl Bowen (DeWitt County sheriff) and John Garoni (DeWitt County sheriff’s office chief deputy).

County communications project

By Robert Proctor

The Cuero Record

Since January, DeWitt County officials have steadily been working to bring a simulcasted radio system to cover the entire county. Another phase in that process was completed last Wednesday, July 15, as the last of four buildings was installed at the Cuero location on FM 2718.

The next phase will include getting the equipment inside the shelters, getting them tuned up, and then reaching the point where they can actually fire up the radio system that is totally simulcast throughout the county.

“It will be able to reach areas of the county that have never had radio coverage before,” DeWitt County Sheriff Carl Bowen said.

With many things in life, it has taken some time to complete each part of the process. Bowen, though, is thankful for the work of the county commissioners in recognizing this need.

“The commissioners were very involved in realizing what we have is an infrastructure deficit,” Bowen stated. “We addressed it and made a plan to get this project going.”

Along with the main tower outside of Cuero, there are three more units scattered across the county. There’s one at the Hochheim Store of U.S. Highway 183, one in Westhoff off U.S. Highway 87 North behind the fire department and one in Nordheim just west of the shooting club.

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