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Radio towers proposed for three city-owned sites in Roswell
by Joan Durbin
jdurbin@neighbornewspapers.com
June 19, 2013 02:42 PM | 1752 views | 1 1 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Roswell residents will have a chance to weigh in on a tentative plan to erect 400-foot radio towers on three publicly owned sites around the city.

It’s the next step in the North Fulton Unified Radio System project, which will upgrade and enhance public safety radio capabilities for Roswell, Alpharetta, Sandy Springs, Mountain Park and Milton.

Roswell City Administrator Kay Love said optimal coverage means towers must be strategically located at sites that provide the highest elevation and coverage of the local terrain.

Currently, the northwest corner of the city near Mountain Park and Litchfield and the southeast corner of Roswell along the Chattahoochee River are two areas that are very difficult to cover, she said.

After evaluating many potential tower sites to boost those areas, three have been proposed. They are Roswell Fire Station #6 on Cox Road, city-owned property on Fouts Road and the fleet/transportation yard on Hembree Road.

“We need all three for the system to work,” Love said.

There will be two public information meetings about the radio system project in upcoming weeks, she said. Dates, times and locations will be on the city web site, www.roswellgov.com.

“We’ll share information about the project at the meetings and answer any questions people might have,” Love said.

The final staff recommendations will go the city council for a vote, likely sometime in July, Love said.
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July 08, 2013
What a waste this system is. All of you North Fulton taxpayers, get ready to pay TWICE. These cities REFUSE to work with Fulton county who is concurrently building out a new digital 800MHz radio system which will concurrently cover the SAME area with 98 percent body worn portable coverage. This system is paid for by Fulton county taxes, which each Sandy Springs resident (as well as all other cities) are ALREADY paying.

It is a senseless and wasteful decision on the part of these city governments to REFUSE to join the new Fulton county digital radio system. The new URS proposal is a closed, encrypted system which will hinder interoperability with outside agencies, and will be a huge burden to North Fulton taxpayers. The reasons offered by the North county cities to not on board the new county system is ludicrous. Their prime concern is not having a controlling interest in how the system is run.

Surrounding counties including Cobb county and DeKalb county also have county owned 800MHz digital systems, and none of the cities in those counties (all of which are subscribers on those respective networks) give controlling interest to the cities, and the cities are fine with this. They pay a simple fee per radio and talkgroup to use the systems, and the entire cost and burden of maintaining the system is on the county. It works well, all the cities have end user interoperability with other cities in those counties, and across the metro area.

But for some reason, the cities in North Fulton (except Johns Creek) see this as an unreasonable solution. They clearly just don't want to work with the county on any level. It isn't the county being unreasonable, they have always been welcome to all cities input- in fact going back to 1990 it was the county who worked hard to on board the cities of Roswell and Alpharetta who were using conventional analog 800MHz to join the then new county 800MHz trunking system- and saved those cities tremendous fees of building their own trunked radio network.

What changed in 20 years? Nothing but egos and attitudes in government. What is sad is all North Fulton taxpayers are going to pay twice because of it, and get less for it. What a dumb decision based on misinformation and egotistical officials.
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