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County Radio system moves forward

Essex County is looking to create a new emergency radio system, and recently approved a resolution for the funding of the microwave component.

Essex County is looking to create a new emergency radio system, and recently approved a resolution for the funding of the microwave component.

— The Essex County Board of Supervisors voted to purchase the Essex County share of the new microwave system for the emergency services communications project at a total of $1,075,715 and equipment from state contract for the public safety radio system in the amount of $24,851.35 during its Feb. 6 meeting.

County Manager Daniel Palmer explained that the financing for the project was a three-entity effort between the county, New York State Police and New York State Electric and Gas (NYSEG).

“This represents our share of the three-way deal between us, the State Police and NYSEG,” Palmer said. “This money will be used to purchase our share of the equipment and have it ready for the project build.”

Palmer said that once ready, it will take about two building seasons for the system to be completed based on the number of sites and work needed to be done.

“This is a 19-site project, so it is pretty big,” Palmer said.

Palmer said that so far, the county has received a pair of grants that will help pay for the project, which supervisors capped at $10 million. The first was for about $580,000 and the second was recently awarded for $2 million.

“The state is also releasing another $45 million grant for public radio stations and we will again be applying for that to see if we can get more funding in grants,” Palmer said.

Palmer reported that NYSP has invested around $2 million into the system, while NYSEG has added about $600,000.

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