Council takes a ‘gamble’ for radios
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.