Riley County Commissioners place final contract approval for Harris radio system upgrade
Riley County Commissioners Ron Wells, left, Marvin Rodriguez and Ben Wilson. (Staff photo by Brady Bauman)
The final contract for the Harris radio system upgrade for the county was reviewed by the Riley County Commissioners on Thursday.
Emergency Management Director Pat Collins presented to the commissioners during their meeting on Thursday, discussing what the agreement entails.
“This is the binding agreement that says we’re going to buy this system,” said Collins,”the system in includes the hardware, software, all the terminal radios. The city and police department have agreed to buy a certain amount of radios.”
Collins said the base price of the infrastructure is approximately 5.1 million dollars, with additional costs to be paid for over the next fifteen years. He said the maintenance for the system will be covered for the next 15 years. The Commissioners signed a resolution to provide the funds for the base cost of the radio system upgrade.
Collins also said there is a current outstanding issue with agreement. He said they need to make sure there is a good dollar figure for all the parties involved in paying for the system. The county Law Board and and the City of Manhattan have already signed their agreements.
County Counselor Clancy Holeman talked about another issue that might occur, saying they need to make sure that what is included in the agreement is an accurate promise of what the county is going to pay and reflects the discount. Holeman said that most likely won’t happen.
Back in December, the commissioners gave approval to proceed with leasing options for the base infrastructure of a new emergency radio system.
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