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April 20, 2013

Essex County emergency radio project almost delayed by rare bird


Little Whiteface Mountain is needed for public-safety-radio coverage in the northern end of Essex County.


If a delay does occur, it should be documented, Supervisor George Canon (R-Newcomb) said.

“I think we ought to come up with an amount that’s it’s going to cost us if we don’t start construction by May. It’s very frustrating we have to worry about the mating habits of a bird.”

Board of Supervisors Chair Randy Douglas (D-Jay) said APA and DEC representatives are now working with them so they can start on time, and he believes there won’t be a delay after all.

Douglas said he talked with Gov. Andrew Cuomo after it looked like the project might be held up, and Cuomo plans to monitor the project so delays do not occur.

“He (Cuomo) was here during Tropical Storm Irene when the radio system went down. He’s assured me this project will be kept moving.”

Although it may no longer be needed, the hiring of the consultant passed the Board of Supervisors, 11-0, with Supervisors Ronald Moore (R-North Hudson), Thomas Scozzafava (R-Moriah) and Michael Marnell (R-Schroon) opposed to doing the extra work.

Supervisors Roby Politi (R-North Elba), William Ferebee (R-Keene), Sharon Boisen (I-Essex), and Edward Hatch (D-Willsboro) were absent.

The new public-safety-radio system, to be tied into the County 911 Center in Lewis, will be used by fire, police and emergency medical personnel. It will replace a 1950s-era radio system that is failing.

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