Botetourt supervisors were wise to fund new emergency radio equipment.
Even in a growing community like Botetourt County with increasing service demands, leaders are wise to pinch their pennies. But they also must recognize when it’s time to invest in core services like public safety.
County officials have made do with what Sheriff Ronnie Sprinkle describes as an “antiquated system in dire need of repair” as long as possible. When one of the county’s four emergency radio transmitter towers went on the fritz, parts were borrowed from another tower when feasible. Sprinkle said he’s even ordered parts on eBay because the radio system is so old that new parts are no longer being manufactured.