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Brunswick County and city leaders gather to build relationships

About 100 people showed up to the event to talk about issues that impact the entire county. About 100 people showed up to the event to talk about issues that impact the entire county.
The county is still working out some of the kinks, but when it's ready to go the county fire, EMS and police offices will use the same radio system that is used statewide. The county is still working out some of the kinks, but when it's ready to go the county fire, EMS and police offices will use the same radio system that is used statewide.

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Brunswick County hosted a breakfast Friday morning for public officials from cities across the county. About 100 people showed up to the event to talk about issues that impact the entire county.

Assistant County Manager Steve Stone said they hold an event like this once a year in an effort to build relations and have harmony between town and county government.

"With the 19 municipalities here – it's by far the largest number of municipalities in the county and in the state," explained Stone. "I think the next county down the line only has 12 municipalities so it's just a lot of governmental units here and coordination is needed."

Officials and leaders talked about issues with the solid waste system and the county's new VIPER radio system which is one step closer to going on the air.

Earlier this week, the county flipped the switch on the radio tower in Bolivia. According to Emergency Services Director Anthony Marzano, the manufacture didn't support the old system anymore.

The county is still working out some of the kinks, but when it's ready to go the county fire, EMS and police offices will use the same radio system that is used statewide.

"Viper gives us a platform whereby not only can all of them communicate regularly on their own channels, but it allows us to bring the ball together onto common channels should be have a major event," said Marzano.

The county's been working on the tower project since May 2011.

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