N.F. radio net moves forward

Alpharetta approves project manager

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ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Alpharetta’s City Council unanimously approved a project manager for the North Fulton Unified Radio System at their June 3 council meeting.

The cities of North Fulton – Roswell, Alpharetta, Sandy Springs, Mountain Park and Milton – all pitched in to create a public safety radio system independent of Fulton County. The county’s system was old and needed replacing. Instead of relying on the county creating their own system, the North Fulton cities opted to go it alone.

The city of Johns Creek backed out of approving the system on fears it was not properly investigated for potential vendors.

To manage the new project, Commdex Consulting will be contracted at a cost of $45,977 for Alpharetta. The entire cost, spread among all the participating cities, is $198,950.

“Commdex was the best and the lowest bidder,” said Public Safety Director Gary George.

The new system would require towers in all the participating cities. Alpharetta would place equipment on the tower at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park. Towers would be placed on Milton’s border with Cherokee County, in Roswell, and in Johns Creek.

In most cases, private towers would be used and the cities would lease space.

ALSO AT THE MEETING:

ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Council unanimously approved applying for a grant from supermarket chain Target for $8,950. The money would go toward the annual National Night Out event, a public event showcasing the good that public safety units do in the city.

“It’s a nice event we do anyway so it’s nice to offset the cost,” said Grants Administrator Amanda Day.

There is no match in funds required from the city.

ALPHARETTA, Ga. – The first reading of the fiscal year 2014 budget was unanimously passed by council. At $82.7 million, the budget keeps a steady tax rate at 5.75 mills.