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Counties disbanding emergency agreement

YAKIMA - In action on Tuesday of this week Yakima County commissioners approved a termination agreement involving the Central Washington Law Enforcement Regional Network.

Formed in 1993, the network was established to aid in communication during emergencies. As part of the deal, Yakima County's responsibility was to receive funds the counties designated for the network. The funds were used to operate and maintain an emergency radio site on Mission Ridge.

Rand Elliott is the county commissioner designated for an area that includes the Lower Valley, and he said terminating the 20-year-old agreement was the result of modernized emergency communications systems.

As part of the deal inked this week, Yakima County will agree to take the network funds on hand and decommission the Mission Ridge radio site. Any funds remaining will be distributed evenly to the network's seven counties, Elliott said.

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