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Supervisors accept $492K grant fund

JOHNSTOWN — A Fulton County Board of Supervisors committee recently accepted $491,882 in state Interoperable Communications Grant funding.

County Emergency Management Director Steven Santa Maria requested the Public Safety Committee accept the grant money at the County Office Building.

“The emphasis this round is our interoperability base stations,” he said.

Grant funding will be used for the following:

∫ Design and engineer a VHF Interoperable Communications System that includes state and national channels. The cost is not to exceed $83,200.

∫ Purchase and install necessary equipment — base radios, antenna systems, Trax units, related hardware and software — to create a VHF Interoperable Communications System at four communication tower sites. The cost is not to exceed $332,800.

∫ Perform any necessary structural analysis of communication towers as required; and tower loading reports. The cost is not to exceed $20,000.

∫Purchase interoperability equipment to be used in the field. Pieces include: portable radios, mobile radios, gateways, tactical repeaters, programming cables, programming software, and antenna systems. The cost is not to exceed $48,000.

∫ Have a vendor input a Fulton County equipment inventory for all tower sites and radio equipment caches owned by the county into the CASM System. The cost is not to exceed $7,882.

Santa Maria said the state Division of Homeland Security’s Office of Interoperable and Emergency Communications has approved these five projects and purchases and plans to reimburse Fulton County by 100 percent.

The full board will look to accept the grant funding Feb. 10.

In other committee business, Santa Maria requested and received permission accepting $63,731 in 2019 state Homeland Security Program funds to make certain purchases. They include: a signage board, one tow behind light tower with a generator, five portable generators, rescue medical supplies, “Stop The Bleed” training kits, public education materials, emergency management app, video display monitors, computer equipment, command kits, and UTV enhancements.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.

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