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Sunday, November 5, 2006

Public safety radio woes in Wrentham


A controversy is brewing in Wrentham, where some people are concerned about police and firefighters' inability to contact headquarters with their handheld radios.

Planning Board chairman Daniel Viera resigned recently, citing the ‘‘unwillingness’’ of selectmen to address the problems.

Selectmen have asked the Public Safety Communications Review Committee to explore ways to solve the problem using town-owned sites for a new radio tower.

Selectman John Zizza suggested that, in the meantime, police and firefighters could use home phones at emergency sites or their own cellphones if they experience radio problems.

In his resignation letter, Viera said he would work with other residents to find a solution to the radio problem and force it to a Town Meeting vote through a citizens’ petition.

-- Calvin Hennick

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