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December 14, 2012

APA OKs Essex County communication system

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So permits for those four towers have conditions seeking expert monitoring of each site for bird nesting or breeding activity as construction progresses.

The Olympic Regional Development Authority already has an extensive Bicknell’s monitoring program in place on Whiteface.

RELIEVED

Essex County Emergency Services Director Don Jaquish was at the APA meeting.

“It’s very much a relief, that’s for sure,” he said when the approval came on Thursday, ending an extensive design and planning process.

“It was a cooperative effort with many firms involved: state emergency services, APA, State Police, NYSEG — we had team meetings, calls every week. It was 2008 when we really started in earnest.”

The work with APA began with pre-application procedures in 2010, Walrath said.

FALL 2013 TARGET

Jaquish said they will begin building now with hopes to have the entire system operational by fall 2013.

“Then you’ll go through a series of testing procedures. We will operate them side by side for a while to make sure it is working properly. It might be spring of 2014 before we turn off the old system.”

The entire Essex County Public Safety Communication System cost a total $16 million, with the county’s portion allocated to $10 million. 

“Grants will offset at least $2 million, in part from Land Mobile Radio in NYS Interoperability Grants,” Jaquish said.

“The $10 million is already bonded, so grant monies will offset that cost. The balance is covered by partners in the process.”

APA unanimously approved the project in 14 parts so each could be updated individually in the future, if necessary.

Email Kim Smith Dedam: kdedam@pressrepublican.com

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