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April 5, 2018 County supervisors pleased with 9-1-1 system’s low price
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Washington County’s recent request for proposals for new 9-1-1 communication equipment resulted in good news Thursday: lower costs for the equipment than estimated.

During the hour-long work session at the sheriff’s office, supervisors, emergency personnel and 9-1-1 board members learned that the approximate cost for the system equipment ranges from $3.1 million to $3.7 million. The county authorized more than $10.5 million for the state-mandated system.

Consultant Mike Day of Elert & Associates attended via conference call and outlined the two proposals, from Racom for $3.1 million and from Motorola for a price of $3.7 million. Racom estimated the cost of maintenance at $1 million, and Motorola said $1.5 million. While not identical proposals, both offer a five-site P25 trunked lines solution and a four-channel operation Phase II.

Both proposals dealt with initial equipment costs and maintenance but don’t include communication towers.

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