Com­mu­ni­ca­tion con­cerns

The McLeod River Post - - Points Of View -

Dear Sir,

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

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