A local group pursuing a $40 million emergency radio network could have a couple of new teammates. Brenham and Washington County have expressed interest in joining the Brazos County delegation spear-heading the effort.
The federal government has set aside $1billion to help communities meet this new Homeland Security requirement of setting up a wide area radio system. The money will be distributed through a matching, 80-20 grant with the cities and counties picking up the smaller portion. In this case, that amounts to $8 million.
A local group composed of Bryan, College Station, Brazos County and Texas A&M have already been working on getting the grant. Now Brenham and Washington County have expressed an interest in coming onboard which would defray the cost. The next step is for each entity to share the cost of hiring a consultant to create one plan for all.