The Federal Communications commission has approved Bath's application for licensing its radio system at 125 watts, according to Township Administrator Vito Sinopoli.
"This is a significant success to the communities of Bath Township, Copley Township and the city of Fairlawn," Sinopoli said.
Sinopoli said the FCC had a freeze on issuing new licenses or modifying existing ones, leaving the township with six-month temporary approvals only.
"For us, permanent licensing was critical," Sinopoli said.
The FCC granted a Special Temporary Authorization request on July 23 to continue operating the radio system used by the police and fire departments at the necessary wattage of 125, but it became apparent that permanent licensing at the increased power level was critical, Sinopoli told township trustees Monday.
The FCC granted permanent approval Sept. 13 to modify radio system power from 40 to 125 watts ERP.
"This will ensure our emergency responders and safety forces are able to maintain communication on the radio system," Sinopoli said.