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December 3, 2013

Essex County still stalled on radios

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Supervisor Roby Politi (R-North Elba) said he wanted to hear from Motorola on its warranty intentions if Capital got the contract.

“Motorola does not have to work with Capital,” Morrow said. “Anybody can buy parts. It doesn’t mean I’m going to install them. This radio system is not like the State Police because of the (mountainous) terrain of Essex County.”

McCabe said he didn’t anticipate having any issues working with Motorola.

“The question is, will Motorola work with them?”

Essex County Emergency Services Director Donald Jaquish told the board. “The letter says you have to be a Motorola service shop.

“I don’t want want to see Motorola point the finger at Capital Dig, and Capital Dig point the finger at Motorola (if there are problems). That is my concern.”

ATTORNEY’S ADVICE

County Attorney Daniel Manning III said that getting the lowest cost is not the determining factor of the RFP process.

Qualifications are a certain amount of points, Manning said, and the board should rely on its counsel from Palmer, Jaquish and Wolf.

“You need a clear, concise response from Motorola,” Manning said. “You should hear from Linda. I think you need more information.”

He said they could continue the tabled resolution, contact Motorola and address it later, and supervisors decided to follow that advice.

Board of Supervisors Chair Randy Douglas (D-Jay) said that once Motorola responds, he will call a special Board of Supervisors meeting to vote on the contract award.

Email Lohr McKinstry:lmckinstry@pressrepublican.com

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