Bushkill Township Supervisors approved spending close to $5,000 on new truck radios for the Public Works Department at their meeting on Thursday night.

The Public Works Department requested funding from the Township Supervisors to replace 11 radios in the trucks used by the Department. The Department has been looking to upgrade the truck radios to help the Department communicate more efficiently with the Police Department, Fire Company, and other townships.

Out of the 11 current radios, only four have the capacity for the narrow bandwidth that other Departments and townships use to effectively communicate. If the Township were to only replace the seven radios that don’t have the narrow bandwidth, it would cost $3,040. According to the Public Works Department, each radio costs $350 and all excess charges would be for the radio antenna, installation, and man-hours put in. If the Township approved this option, the four radios that would not be replaced during this round of installations would have to be replaced in the near future.

The Department requested the Supervisors fund replacing all 11 radios for $4,861 instead of only replacing some now and some later. By replacing all of the radios, the Department employees will be able to communicate efficiently with each other, Police, Fire, and surrounding municipalities especially in cases of an emergency.

The Supervisors approved the request to replace all of the radios and will be taking the money out of the Public Works Fund.