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$415K contract for communications approved

JOHNSTOWN — A $415,749 contract for a new Fulton County communications system was recently approved by county supervisors.

The Board of Supervisors’ Public Safety Committee voted to contract with Motorola Solutions at the request of county Emergency Management Director Steven Santa Maria.

The full board will vote Monday on the amended 2020 capital project.

He said the $415,749 contract — 100 percent funding through the state ˆ is for a countywide V-Call/V-Tac Interoperable Communications System at several locations. They are: communications tower behind the sheriff’s office, radio room below sheriff’s office, and Fulton County Dispatch Center; Bleecker Mountain Tower Site and communications shelter; Broadalbin Tower Site and communications shelter; Latimer Hill Tower Site and communications center; and Providence Tower Site and communications shelter.

“I’ll be working, obviously, as a project manager for the county on this,” Santa Maria said.

Santa Maria said the hope is the communications upgrade project will have the “majority” of its work done by the end of 2020.

The Board of Supervisors in February accepted a $491,882 State Interoperable Communications Grant that Santa Maria applied for through the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services.

Equipment includes eight base radios, five Gateways, one voting comparator, GPS Trax Unit and components, a port switch, antenna systems for all sites, and associated hardware, connectors, cabling, filings and clamps.

“We did some initial expenditures,” Santa Maria said — just over $32,000 worth.

A project cost breakdown is: project management — $35,000; engineering — $30,000; system technologist – $30,000 (testing, optimization); installation services — $196,000; equipment — $178,961; and system discount factored in – $54,212.

Santa Maria said that after the Motorola Solutions expenditure, there will be a balance of about $43,969. It will be used for additional expenses, including: structural analysis of tower sites, and additional radio equipment.

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