County Council Learns More on Proposed Countywide Safety Radio System
If council gives the go ahead the system will unify communication between all 38 municipalities in the county and even wrap in safety services at colleges and universities. The issue is how to pay for it.
Council is considering an idea to foot 75-percent of the cost, and assess the other 25-percent to municipalities. Incoming council president Fiore Leone says the county could take $11 million from $31 million left in reserves and use a bond issue for the rest. Project planners say they need to reach a decision soon, because the installation process will take years. Millcreek Township would be included in the new system. Officials there are concerned about their own aging equipment lasting until the switch.
Mike McGrady from MCM Consulting Group, fielded questions from council members and encouraged them to move quickly. "It's going to take 3 years 4 months to install...certain things take time to build, get permits...we need to bid at the best time to save the county money in the long run.