Coun­cil takes a ‘gam­ble’ for ra­dios

The Advance of Bucks County - - BRISTOL AREA - By El­iz­a­beth Fisher

Ad­vance cor­re­spon­dent

B5,672L B2528GH - The Bris­tol Bor­ough Coun­cil ap­proved a res­o­lu­tion to sub­mit a grant ap­pli­ca­tion to Bucks County that would al­low the use of pass-through gam­bling funds to be used to­ward SRlLFe DnG fiUe UDGLRV. 7Ke county emer­gency com­mu­ni­ca­tions com­mit­tee has been work­ing with fiUe, SRlLFe DnG DPEulDnFe de­part­ments throughout Bucks in prepa­ra­tion for the in­stal­la­tion of a new dig­i­tal ra­dio com­mu­ni­ca­tions sys­tem.

The fed­eral gov­ern­ment ini­tially set a dead­line of gan. 1, 2013 for im­ple­men­ta­tion of the planned sys­tem, but the cost and the scope of the projects led to a two-year ex­ten­sion. But Bucks is un­der the gun be­cause it has al­ready signed a con­tract for the new ra­dios and equip­ment with Mo­torola, said bor­ough FLUe CKLeI HeUE 6lDFN.

Bris­tol alone will have to spend close to A500,000 for 30 ra­dios for po­lice per­son­nel and 60 ra­dios IRU WKe WRwn’V WKUee fiUe Gepart­ments. Ap­pli­ca­tion has al­ready been made to the feds for a A1 mil­lion re- gional grant, mean­ing that money for the new equip­ment will be spread among the bor­ough and the Croy­don, New­portville, and 7KLUG DLVWULFW fiUe FRPSDnies in Bris­tol Town­ship, and Union Fire Com­pany in Ben­salem.

The Bucks County Res­cue Squad and the Morrisville Am­bu­lance Squad would also get a share of the grant, if it comes through, Slack said.

The coun­cil also ap­proved a res­o­lu­tion al­lowLnJ ERURuJK RI­fiFLDlV WR ap­ply for a gam­ing-fund grant for im­prove­ments to the iake­land Av­enue Pump­ing Sta­tion, which ser­vices the bor­ough and the Venice, and for the pur­chase of a new san­i­tary sewer ve­hi­cle to han­dle emer­gen­cies and to mon­i­tor cus­tomer us­age.

In other busi­ness, the bor­ough has pur­chased sev­eral traps so that res­i­dents can trap feral cats, trans­port them to the SPCA in ia­haska for free neu­ter­ing or spay­ing. Sev­eral neigh­bor­hoods have been over­whelmed with stray FDWV. 2IfiFLDlV KRSe WKDW the project will help con­trol the cat pop­u­la­tion, said coun­cil Pres­i­dent Ralph DiGuiseppe.

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