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Monroe County balancing two major projects, cost an issue

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SPARTA, Wis. (WXOW) - Cost is an issue in Monroe County where they're balancing two major projects.

Wednesday night, the Monroe County Board of Supervisors approved a bid of a little more than $28-million for a new justice center. The project includes a new 180 bed jail, courthouse and sheriff's department.

But another major project needs an update.

Monroe County Judge David Rice said the county needs new radio towers to improve communication with dispatchers during emergencies.

Right now the county has one radio tower in Ridgeville but there are spots where dispatch can't communicate. A system update is expected to cost $3.8 million.

“Between them we are going to have to borrow money,” said Judge Rice. “I will leave that to the county board where they get the funds, but I think it will be a combination of borrowing and using our surplus.”

The full board needs to approve the $28-million bid for the justice center before construction can start. A financial plan for the 911 communication center is expected to go before a Monroe County Board at the end of May.

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