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Chatfield to upgrade paging antennae

Fri, Aug 17th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Government

Chief Shane Fox explained that the current repeater is not capable of narrow band operation during the Chatfield City Council’s August 13 meeting. It is mandated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that all public safety mobile radios must be narrow band compatible by January 1, 2013.

It will cost nearly $17,000 to upgrade the equipment and install it on the city’s water tower. It could be upgraded for about $12,000 on the current tower which the city rents space on for $2,200 per year. Fox noted that within a few years the city could make up the difference without the rent expense using their own water tower.

The paging equipment is used for police, fire, and ambulance services. The water tower is about 10 feet shorter so a low gain antennae is required to push the signal down the hills. The council approved the purchase of the updated equipment and its installation on the city’s water tower as recommended by the Public Services Committee.

Other Business In Brief

•A three-year contract with Veolia Environmental Services was approved for commercial and industrial waste. City Attorney Fred Suhler drafted the contract to provide certain standards.

•David Morrill, McGhie and Betts, explained that an easement had been secured from Linus and Mary Hammell, so the 2012 water improvements can go forward. Morrill noted that a yard hydrant, back flow preventer and meter will be installed at a cost of $2,300.

Six bids were received for the 2012 project and the low bid was from Zenke, Inc., LaCrescent, in the amount of $116,261.50. The council authorized the acceptance of the low bid.

•In July a contract was awarded to Southeast Electric for a generator and its installation for the Thurber Building. The city wants the generator placed in a different location to preserve green space which will require a change order that will cost $1,371. Southeast Electric would still have the lowest quote even with the addition of the change order. The additional cost was approved.

•Approval was given to replace the yield sign with a stop sign as recommended by the Public Services Committee at the intersection of Old Territorial Road and First Street. The city has had complaints about increased traffic and the speed of the traffic coming onto First Street.

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