Radio contract delayed

By David Hotle, The JOURNAL


The Washington County Board of Supervisors delayed taking action on a $4 million contract to purchase a new emergency radio system until the next meeting in order for a technoloy expert to review the agreement.

At the regular supervisors meeting Tuesday, July 18, County Attorney John Gish said the contract contained many technical details and asked that a technology expert examine the contract before the board took action. He also discussed the $4,427,623.88 contract payment schedule made up of six installments. He said the first installment is 15 percent of the total contract, about $600,000, due when the contract is executed. He asked if the county would have the money at the time of executing the contract.

Supervisor Jack Seward said Raycom, the provider of the system, had been asked if it would accept the first payment as late as mid-September. The money would be due 30 days after Raycom provides an invoice for the system. Gish marked a clause on the contract as needing to be changed.

The county is working to replace its radio system, which is past its life expectancy. There is also discussion to build a new building to house the equipment, which will require a public bond vote.

Gish discussed acceptance tests on the equipment. He said in some areas there is no description of what the testing entails. Gish also pointed out a few things in the contract which he believed were misprints on the contract.

The contract, with changes, will be brought back tot he council during its July 24 meeting.