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November 24, 2012

Essex County radio project gets contracts

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Riznick Construction of Crown Point also got a contract for site buildings, including Mount Defiance in Ticonderoga, at $216,000.

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Buying VHF high-band radio frequencies from Motorola will cost $495,000 total, using a $580,000 federal grant.

“If we don’t have these frequencies, you don’t have the system,” Palmer said.

He said 23 radio frequencies have been cleared with the FCC and Canada. One has an objection from Canada over possible co-interference.

“I think we can get over that (objection),” Palmer said.

The entire project is estimated to cost $16 million, with $10.5 million as the county’s share, the manager said.

“We also have pending a $3.7 million grant application to New York state. If we get it, and we’re hopeful, we’ll be well below the $10 million (local cost).”

The county has authorized a $10 million bond issue for the project.

Email Lohr McKinstry: lmckinstry@pressrepublican.com

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