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Friday, June 29, 2007

Tioga County Gets 3 Million For New 911 Radio System

Tioga County OKs $3.1 million contract for digital microwave

By BRYAN G. ROBINSON
Sun-Gazette Correspondent

LAWRENCEVILLE — Tioga County’s 911 system is getting a complete overhaul. As part of that, at its meeting held at Lawrence Township Municipal Building, the Tioga County Board of Commissioners approved a $3.1 million contract with Motorola for a digital microwave system for the county Department of Emergency Services.

Dave Cohick, county director of emergency services, said the new digital system will replaced an outdated analog radio system. “The system we have in now was put in in 1979 and it can’t handle what we’re going to do,” he said.

One of the requirements the state has set for counties’ emergency services is that they are able to locate a wireless caller within 200 feet, he said. This new system will allow the center to do that for both Tioga and Potter counties. Tioga County Emergency Communications Center also dispatches for Potter County. “It will create better communication between the two counties,” he said.

Tuesday night, the board also approved three other contracts relating to emergency services:• $240,000 with Rettew Associates Inc. of Lancaster• $198,870 with T3 Global Strategies of Pittsburgh• $89,674.43 with Watson Dispatch, Seattle, Wash., to update 911 dispatch work stations.

Cohick said the contracts with Rettew and T3 related to GIS data development.Former Tioga County Commissioner Walt Barnes of Millerton asked where the money was coming from for the four contracts.“Every one of those dollars for those items have come from a wireless 911 grant from the state,” said Commissioner Mark Hamilton. “No taxpayer — local taxpayer — dollars were used.”

Later, Cohick said that the state imposes a dollar surcharge on wireless phones and counties are allowed to submit funding to the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. On June 1, the county received $2.5 million from PEMA, he said. In all, the county has received $5.4 million from PEMA from the wireless 911 fund.“Personally, I would like to say that I’m pretty elated that we’re able to do this,” said Hamilton before voting on the measure.

Both he and commissioners Sue Vogler and Erick Coolidge credited Cohick, who is a member of the state wireless 911 advisory board, for the hard work that went into getting the funds.“I’m really proud,” said Vogler. “David’s ahead of the game.”

Coolidge also credited Potter County officials, especially the commissioners and John Hetrick, Cohick’s counterpart there, director of emergency services for Potter County. “I can’t stress enough how important it was that both Potter and Tioga County worked together on this,” said Coolidge.

On June 21, the Potter County Board of Commissioners also approved another contract with Motorola for digital microwave for 4.2 million dollars.

5 comments :

Anonymous said...

Well, Lets see where Mr.Hetrick is going to use this money. I am sure it is not going to be used towards our tower system. Hey John lets buy another half a million dollar trailer with a leaky roof. Only if the people knew right John?????

Anonymous said...

You idiot. The trailer that the county has was not bought by potter county and it in fact is not owned only place in the county. It is really ashame that the stupid people that havent a clue what thier talking about post on here. please if you have a valid comment or point than saay so, but if you dont know what your talking about just keep shut.

Anonymous said...

Oh,and the county has already built numerous towers and has started upgrading the 911 system just as intended. And i forgot to state before the comm trailer the one poster is referring to is not owned by the county and none of our local tax dollars paid for it.

Anonymous said...

John is good at his job, damn near as good as it gets. im sure you could do a much better job, even to the point of predicting leaks in vehicles

(so you don't damage your remaining brain cells, that was sarcasm)

Anonymous said...

I think we should all learn proper spelling and grammar before we post on here.. That should be a requirement !