Essex County may fund radio installation

— Westport Supervisor Daniel Connell offered a resolution to request bids for the cost of instillation and programming, saying that they should find out the price and then decide how to proceed.

Board of Supervisors chair Randy Douglas agreed.

“I think we should put it out there just to see what the cost is,” he said.

Paler said that so far, the county has received $7.4 million in funding through state and federal grants as well as donations from the New York State Police and NYSEG.

“Given our current costs, that will bring us below the $10 million in bonding that four years ago we were given approval to spend,” he said.

Palmer added that the county could get more up front revenue if they were to sell the Terry Mountain property.

“I do not think that we belong in the tower business in terms of keeping them up and maintenance,” he said. “You do lose the money from rental fees, but I think we do not want to be in the business.”

“It has been a burden on our office to maintain the site,” Jaquish said. “It has been like running a small business just to maintain the site.”

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