Lincoln County Sheriff’s office could get $2 million for radio upgrade

Lincoln County Sheriff’s office could get $2 million for radio upgrade

By:  Kenneth Lipp

Oregon’s U.S. Senate delegation announced last week that it secured $2 million for the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office as part of 2023 appropriations bill funding for 111 “community-initiated projects” in Oregon.

The bills, which still must go through the appropriations process for resolution with U.S. House proposals, would fund 14 projects in the coast region.

Sheriff Curtis Landers said the $2 million would fund upgrades at Otter Crest and Highland transmission stations, though it fell short of paying for the new building needed at Otter Crest.

“We need to update the microwave dishes from several years ago,” Landers said. “We’d replace the generator at Highland, the generator at Otter Crest, because it’s outdated, a lot of miscellaneous items that we had the opportunity to put into that funding, and we’re very fortunate to get that.”

If the funding is approved by the full Congress, Landers said it would likely be next summer, at the earliest, that the office could begin the upgrades. He said it originally submitted the request to Sen. Jeff Merkley’s office.

The joint press release from Merkley and Sen. Ron Wyden announcing the appropriations package touted their previous success obtaining funding for their home state.

“Because of Senator Merkley’s position on the powerful Appropriations Committee and key role pushing Oregon priorities in the drafting of the bills, and the collaborative way that Senator Merkley and Wyden work together to advocate for projects from Oregon, last year the two senators were able to secure more projects for their home state than any other senators besides Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer,” the press release reads.