By Frank Lockwood

Staff writer

HERMISTON — Umatilla County Wednesday resumed the lead role in purchasing a $8.6-million, bi-county tactical radio system, but with caveats.

CSEPP Governing Board decided to discuss some issues secretly, in small meetings, rather than in full view of the public with a quorum present. And a disagreement between the counties concerning funding for a Computer Assisted Dispatch system remains unresolved.

Earlier this spring, Morrow County representatives had blamed Umatilla County Commissioner Dennis Doherty for dragging his feet on the 450-Megahertz tactical radio system project, and then Doherty, after a year of work on the project, left April's meeting of the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Planning Governing Board at half time, before his letter was read into the minutes. The letter said he would no longer head up the $9-million project.

(For the fulls story, please see the May 23, 2003, issue of the Hermiston Herald.)

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