Most of the increased cost is for a Motorola Astro 25 M2 communications system, Essex County Emergency Services Director Donald Jaquish said.
He said the preliminary Motorola contract was for $2.4 million, including new radio frequencies, but didn’t include an equipment monitoring system for the towers and the M2 master radio controller.
The original radio core was not expandable, he said, so they went to an M2 core that is.
“That’s the principal cost of the change order,” Jaquish said. “Some of that was due to State Police requirements, so Jackie Murray is negotiating with State Police right now to get them to pay some of that.”
He said the price for all Motorola equipment and installation is now $4.1 million.
The county is replacing its 1950s-era radio system with a state-of-the-art multi-channel digital communications network that will serve the County 911 Center in Lewis and will be used to dispatch police, fire and emergency-medical services countywide.
The Board of Supervisors will vote on the increased costs order at a later date.
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