LOCKPORT – The Niagara County Legislature voted Tuesday to borrow $6.8 million to construct new emergency radio towers.

It’s part of a $10 million package that also includes new portable radios for every first responder in the county.

The county will erect new towers at Terry’s Corners Fire Company in Royalton, the City of Lockport composting plant, the county voting machine storage site in Newfane, and at North Tonawanda Fire Department headquarters, where a backup communications center will be installed in the basement.

Existing antennas will be renovated at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center and at Mount St. Mary’s Hospital and Upper Mountain Fire Company in Lewiston. The county hopes to complete all construction by the end of this year.