In 2006, the Yellowhead County purchased a new emergency services radio system, which included two 150 ft. towers, at a cost of one million dollars.
This system was purchased from a company from outside of the county, even though there were qualified ones within the county. When it didn’t work properly, the County was forced to spend another five hundred thousand dollars to fix it.
This year, the YC purchased a completely new radio system, scrapping the old one, which includes four 300 ft. towers, at a cost approaching eight million dollars (exact sum not disclosed). This system was purchased from a company in Nova Scotia, even though there were many qualified ones within Alberta. That’s more money than what the county’s entire fleet of fire trucks and ambulances cost. At the same time, the county has said they have no money available for urgently needed water and sewer works.
A municipal government has no mandate to spend the public’s money to get into the telecommunications business, especially when they have virtually no expertise, other than perhaps how to place a cellphone call, or conduct a Google Search. This raises the question, what will happen when an EMP hits, and the entire electrical and communications grids across the county go down? When asked, they reply, “What’s an EMP?” To which I answer: “Google it.” Editor’s note: EMP is electromagnetic pulse.
This is a clear example of a government bureaucracy which is out of control.
Ron Rosmer, 424 Collinge Road, Hinton, AB T7V 1L1 Ph. 780-865-4105