The group hosted just its second organizational meeting at Roswell City Hall Tuesday. Representatives from the cities of Milton, Alpharetta, Roswell and Sandy Springs were all present for the morning gathering.
The meeting follows the approval of an historic partnership entered into on July 1 by the aforementioned cities.
Proponents say the collective’s aim is to provide the north Fulton area — Milton, Alpharetta, Roswell and Sandy Springs — a locally controlled, locally funded, reliable and comprehensive public safety radio system.
“The authority represents the results of collaboration and a focus on common goals,” said authority Chairman and Sandy Springs City Manager John McDonough. “Our concerted efforts will ensure our public safety personnel are able to communicate and expeditiously respond in an emergency situation.”
The board’s membership also includes Vice-Chairwoman Kay G. Love, also a Roswell city administrator. Treasurer Bob Regus serves as city administrator in Alpharetta. Secretary Chris Lagerbloom is the current city manager for Milton.
The result of state legislation establishing local radio consortiums, the authority met for the first time July 2 after more than two years of planning and coordination. At this meeting, its leadership approved two radio tower leases, which provide the first steps toward total area coverage.
Additionally, organizers established bylaws, named officers, secured insurance, shored up funding strategies and reviewed partnership options with Fulton County.
The formation of the consortium follows two years of discussion and planning between north Fulton cities. Participating cities have approved the purchase of equipment and installation, procured through the Georgia Contract list. A contract with Commdex to serve as a consultant was also given approval.
The authority will meet the first Tuesday of each month at Roswell City Hall, 38 Hill St. Meetings are scheduled to take place at 10 a.m. on those days.
Established July 1, the authority was created by state House Bill 526, signed into law by Gov. Nathan Deal April 30. It exists to provide a reliable and locally funded public safety radio system for eight police and fire agencies serving more than 280,000 residents.