Lincoln Township to buy audio equipment for meetings

By Tony Wittkowski | Business Reporter | The Herald-Palladium

STEVENSVILLE — Trustees have had a hard time getting their point across to audience members at Lincoln Township Board meetings.

That’s because several residents have complained of an inability to hear trustees when they discuss township business.

The board made an attempt to quell complaints Tuesday night when it agreed to buy new audio equipment for about $6,400.

The upgrade will include a new 60-watt amplifier, microphones, updated wiring for audio connections with optional speaker upgrades.

Trustees chose a basic package from The Tech, a computer consulting company in Stevensville, instead of the premium option that included a bigger digital processor with speakers.

To replace the entire system, including speakers and a digital processor, it would have cost $7,900.

The township further got a quote from Shoreline Smart Homes LLC of St. Joseph for about $8,800.

Clerk Stacy Loar-Porter said the audio equipment was not a budgeted item, prior to trustees unanimously voting in favor of buying it. Loar-Porter reminded trustees that the current audio equipment dates to the 1970s.

New audio equipment has been the topic of discussion for trustees since June, when the board first asked Loar-Porter to research the equipment and find applicable prices.

“We get a lot of complaints that we can’t be heard,” Supervisor Dick Stauffer said. “We either do it now or at the next budgeting period.”

Contact Tony Wittkowski at or (269) 932-0358. Follow him on Twitter: @tonywittkowski.

(Author’s Note: This article was originally published on Sept. 15, 2016)

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