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December 4, 2013

County seeks new radios for first-responder teams

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Powers said the county was initially presented with systems from vendors that were much costlier than the one being offered by Tait. One network dangled before the county, he noted, would have cost $12 million.

By opting for an affordable no-frills communications system, and one that includes a minimum of computer equipment, Powers said the county will also save on maintenance costs.

"It won't be super-elaborate," he said. "But it will give us the coverage that we need."

The county has been replacing its communication towers in recent years, and two new towers, one in Pittsfield and another in Schuyler Lake, are expected to join the network by 2015.

Executives from the New Zealand company have traveled to Cooperstown to promote their electronic equipment and explain the various options that the county could acquire to officials such as Powers and Sheriff Richard Devlin Jr.

"Jim Powers and Rich Devlin have added a lot of needed momentum to this project," Crowell said. "We've made great strides and it's a credit to those two people in particular."

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