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Essex County radio system proving cumbersome

Manning requested permission to enact a contract with the Hamilton County town to share the costs of a set of radio lines connecting it to Essex County's E911 service.

According to Manning, Long Lake has agreed to pay the installation charges for the two lines, amounting to just under $3,400. Also, they would pay a monthly operations fee of roughly $415 and an annual $3,000 administration fee, which they requested be waived for 2008.

"I think this contract written now is fair to everybody," said Manning. "It resolves the problem, and we can move forward."

Manning noted that there was still a dispute with Verizon over the cost to install the lines.

"Verizon gave us figures to put in the lines and it was a certain amount. Then, when we got the bill from Verizon, it was double plus mileage," he said.

Under the proposed contract, Long Lake would only be obligated to pay the amount in the original quote, Manning explained, so there was still a possibility the county would have to foot at least part of the bill.

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