Essex County set to purchase microwave equipment

— The Essex County Public Safety Committee moved a resolution to spend $1,075,715 for the purchase of microwave equipment for the new county emergency radio system.

Emergency Services Director Don Jaquish said that the hopes that the new system will be operational by the spring of next year.

“We have everything set between us, New York State Electric and Gas and the New York State Police and we are now set to purchase the equipment,” Jaquish said. “They will build the system in Texas over four months, so we are hoping to be installing it here in late spring.”

Jaquish said that the new emergency system would be completed in three parts: the microwave system, making sure that the paging system is effective and then the land-mobile radio system, which he said would be started as late as fall of this year.

“It is an extremely complex system and we want to make sure that it works before we trust our emergency service communications to it,” Jaquish said.

Along with the Essex County share for the project, NYSP is paying $1,493,917 while the county is also receiving help from NYSEG.

“This is an amazing partnership that has been created here is Essex County with these two entities,” Wilmington Supervisor Randy Preston said. “This has been a huge undertaking and the taxpayers of the county are going to benefit from these partnerships, including ones with private enterprise.”

Jaquish added that for the Belfry Mountain tower that will be part of the system, Verizon and AT&T have partnered to help rebuild a tower in exchange for usage.

Both Jaquish and Preston said that the project is still under the $10 million budgeted and was helped with a $2 million grant.

“We are still in the process of looking for even more funding for this system,” Jaquish said.

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