(July 26, 2019) The Maryland State Police and Worcester County will enter a memorandum of understanding that will formalize the relationship between the two regarding the two state-owned communication towers located in Berlin and Snow Hill. The county has communication equipment installed in these two towers.
The Department of Emergency Services requested approval and execution of the memorandum of understanding. According to the department, this will save money for tower site development, microwave radio relays and fiber optic communications systems.
According to Karen Hammer in the administration office, there will be no direct cost savings with the memorandum execution. Both entities will realize cost savings by not duplicating investments since neither will pay a fee to utilize the tower space.
The memorandum says that the Maryland State Police will provide Worcester County with tower and shelter space as needed for Public Safety Communications. The county must uphold standards set by the Federal Communications Commission, U.S. Government and Maryland State Police. The county is responsible for the costs of tower analysis and reinforcements.