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City approves new agreement for radio system, minus Johns Creek
by Rachel Kellogg
January 30, 2013 03:58 PM | 2101 views | 1 1 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With the city of Johns Creek opting not to join the five other north Fulton cities in a plan to form a shared emergency radio system, the city of Alpharetta approved a new version of the agreement.

When Alpharetta approved the original agreement in mid-December, its officials were under the impression Johns Creek would be signing, along with Milton, Sandy Springs, Roswell and Mountain Park.

Johns Creek’s contribution to the $16 million agreement was estimated to be $2.7 million, a cost the remaining cities will make up.

Alpharetta’s city administrator Bob Regus said the city has the funds needed in its E-911 reserves and DEA, or confiscated asset, funds.

Mayor David Belle Isle asked if Johns Creek will be able to sign on to the radio system when they realize “they made a mistake.”

City Attorney Sam Thomas said the agreement allows for other cities to become subscribers to the radio system.

When asked about Johns Creek’s participating in planning for the joint system, Regus said he and officials from all the other north Fulton cities, including Johns Creek, met in mid-November and agreed to enter into the plan.

“We were all in. We said that,” he said.

Until now, the cities’ emergency and public safety radios have been tied to the Fulton County trunk, an analog system built in the 1990s.

According to city officials, the system has been problematic for several years due to its incompatibility with surrounding digital systems, increasing instability, discontinuation of manufacturer support and a high usage fee charged by Fulton County.

The county system will not meet FCC standards after 2014, so instead of entering into a new system with Fulton, the participating cities will work together.

“I like seeing the cities of north Fulton work together,” said Belle Isle. “I’m not giving up on mutual city agreement.”

The agreement still calls for Sandy Springs to take the lead in procuring various elements of a new system, with each individual contract for equipment and services to be approved by each of the other cities.

Mountain Park will also be on the system but will not be contributing monetarily, according to Roswell’s City Administrator Kay Love.
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Bruce Earp
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January 30, 2013
The "original agreement" was based on a backroom deal with an agent of Motorola, Commdex Consulting and Motorola friendly public safety officials in Sandy Springs and Roswell. Alpharetta residents should feel great that Bob Regus has the money to cover the shortfall, Just give all the money to Motorola Mr. Regus. I'm sure that the public safety departments in Alpharetta are not in need of other things, just a new radio system. When Fulton County builds their system (RFP is on the street), Alpharetta residents will be paying for the greater system too, and the North Fulton system, that Motorola has fooled you in too. Mayor Belle Isle, your comment about Johns Creek making a mistake means that they have a conscious and have the best interest of the tax paying constituents. Mr. Bell Isle, you need to do your due diligence. The current Motorola proprietary system won't talk to the new, Digital Motorola proprietary systems? The new P25 standard is an open standard until Motorola decides it needs a little extra something that make it proprietary. Ask Gwinnett County, ask Forsyth County, Why not go with Motorola, they have done a great job of fleecing us so far. To hell with competitive evaluations, buy Motorola proprietary systems, that they will support until they have something better to fleece you out of your money. Keep the 16 million dollar in your memory, because if Motorola stays true to their practice, that number will be closer to 25 million when they turn on the system, but hey, how can you say no when you have sunk all that money down the Motorola hole. Someone needs to be investigated, public money is being mis-managed because Motorola, through Commdex Consulting told Sandy Springs and Roswell officials that they would make everything better, now pay up.
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