Coun­cil re­ceives up­date on po­lice ra­dio up­grade

The Globe - - POLICEREPORTS - By Jar­reau Free­man

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Rock­ledge po­lice ra­dio sys­tem uSJrDGHV FRuOG rHFHLYH fiNDNFLNJ from jont­gomery Coun­tyI ac­cord­ing to Bor­ough jan­ager drace jet­zingerK

At the end of OMNO the jont­gomery County Com­mis­sion­ers unan­i­mously voted to en­ter into a AOVKV mil­lion con­tract with jo­torola po­lu­tions fncK to up­date the county’s emer­gency dis­patch sys­tem and agreed to a NMyear AVKUUO mil­lion main­te­nance con­tract with the com­pa­nyI ac­cord­ing to an ear­lier re­portK

au­r­ing the jarch NN bor­ough coun­cil meet­ingI jet­zinger and po­lice Chief gerry jiller pro­vided ra­dio sys­tem up­dates fol­low­ing a county meet­ing they at­tended jarch RK

“qhe county is go­ing to cover the cost of the in­fra­struc­ture up­grades and the mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties will be cov­er­ing the costs of the ra­diosI” she saidK

qhe es­ti­mated price is ap­prox­i­mately APIUMM per ra­dioI which is APIOMM less than es­ti­mated for each ra­dioI jet­zinger saidK

“7KH FRuNWy LV SrRYLGLNJ fi­nanc­ing through the aelaware sal­ley Re­gional cinanc­ing Author­i­tyI where they will cover the in­ter­est and ad­min­is­tra­tive fees if we need to get loansI” she saidK “poI if we bor­row fundsI we are only bor­row­ing what we needK 7KH ORDNV ZRuOG EH IRr D fiYHyear pe­ri­odK”

qhe county men­tioned it was reach­ing out to the state for grant mon­eyI jet­zinger saidK

“f have no idea how that’s go­ing to goI” she saidK “ff there is grant mon­eyI ev­ery­one’s go­ing to want itK f would move for­ward think­ing we will have to bud­get for thisK”

qhe bor­ough needs about NS por­ta­ble ra­dios and four car ra­diosK jet­zinger said this could cost the bor­ough an es­ti­mated AUMIMMMK

qhe bor­ough may need fewer WKDN 20 rDGLRV, LI WKH fiYH NHZHVW ra­diosI pur­chased around OMMTI FRuOG EH rH-flDVKHG Rr uNGHrJR a fre­quency change to be used on the up­graded sys­temI jiller saidK ff that is the ca­seI the bor­ough would only need about NN por­ta­ble ra­diosK

ff in fact the bor­ough needed NN por­ta­ble ra­diosI coun­cil mres­i­dent ga­son phow­maker wanted to know how they will be dis­tribut­edK

“7KHy ZLOO JR WR HYHry RI­fiFHr in­clud­ing part-timersI” jiller VDLG. “,I DOO WKH RI­fiFHrV DrH KHrH DW one timeI like the courth of guly pa­rade or the car showI ev­ery­one will have a ra­dioK”

qhe bor­ough has bud­geted ASMIMMM to be trans­ferred from the gen­eral fund to the cap­i­tal re­serve to cover ra­dio costsI jet­zinger saidK

“te can de­cide when we’re bud­get­ing for this yearI if we want to bud­get an­other AOMIMMM Rr SDy IRr KDOI DNG fiNDNFH WKH RWKHr KDOI IRr fiYH yHDrV,” VKH saidK

qhe bor­ough won’t know if it NHHGV WR LNFOuGH WKH fiYH NHZHVW ra­dios in next year’s bud­get un­til in­fra­struc­ture up­grades take placeI jiller saidK

jet­zinger said she hopes this hap­pens be­fore coun­cil mem­bers be­gin bud­get­ing for next yearK

qhe county will have up­dates through­out the yearI she saidK qhe sys­tem up­grade is an­tic­i­pated for mid-OMN4K

fn other busi­nessI the bor­ough has re­newed its con­tract with Con­stel­la­tion bn­ergy for two more yearsK

At the cebK NN meet­ingI the board per­mit­ted jet­zinger to FKRRVH WKH PRVW HI­fiFLHNW HNHrJy sup­plier at the low­est rate pro­vided by e-com­merce com­pany Al­phabuy­erK

iess than last yearI Con­stel­la­tion bn­ergy came in at an even lower bid that is ex­pected to pro­vide the bor­ough with an an­nual sav­ings of more than ANISMM and a to­tal sav­ings of more than APIMMMK

“ff we add those sav­ings to­geth­erI we could get an­other por­ta­ble ra­dioI” phow­maker jokedK

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