Nine months before the Jan. 1, 2013 deadline for the federally mandated narrow-banding of emergency communications systems, Barrow County officials have learned that the local cost will be much higher than earlier estimates. At this point there is little available funding for the $3.75 million project. So commission chairman Danny Yearwood is asking the county’s mayors to support the county’s strategy for coming up with the money.
The Barrow Journal on Tuesday obtained a copy of a March 6 letter that Yearwood sent the mayors. It bore his signature, but was actually drafted by Russell Murray, a bond attorney with the Atlanta firm of Murray Barnes Finister LLP.
The letter does not provide details, but simply asks the mayors to agree to amend the 2012 SPLOST intergovernmental agreement that establishes the proportionate split of annual sales tax proceeds from the six-year SPLOST cycle that begins July 1. The current agreement allows the county to take off the top of the sales tax revenues each year about $4.5 million for the debt payment on the general obligation bonds issued in 2005. Yearwood now wants to refinance the bonds to a lower interest rate and to use the savings to help pay for the new digital radio communications system.
For the full story, see the March 7 issue of the Barrow Journal e-Edition or in print.
So rather than go look for grants, they are using the Visa to pay the Master Card.
Tell the Thruth
03/09/12 at 06:05 AM
This regulation came out almost 10 years ago. Clarke County started and switched over 6 years ago. Barrow County did nothing to prepare or have this ready. Another stick your nose in the air to change. Thanks City and County leaders. Now you have to have new cads, antennas and radios. Unreal. Barrow County still 20 plus years behind everyone
The following was taken from a PDF document off of the FCC's website:
The FCC’s narrowbanding requirements were adopted during the course of a proceeding known as “refarming” that was initiated in 1992. The basic purpose of this proceeding was to enhance spectrum efficiency in the VHF and UHF land mobile bands. Narrowbanding” refers to a requirement by the FCC that — on or before January 1, 2013 — all existing licensees implement equipment designed to operate on channel bandwidths of 12.5 kHz or less or that meets a specific efficiency standard. What this means is that licensees will need to convert their existing wideband (25 kHz) systems to narrowband (12.5 kHz) operation. Any equipment that is not capable of operating on channels of 12.5 kHz or less will need to be replaced. Please keep in mind that compliance is not optional; licensees that fail to comply may face serious consequences, possibly including the loss of their licenses.
LOL i find this hysterical, i personally was in meetings with them in 2009 this was looming and Yearwood choose to ignore it. well he was asked to do it then as opposed to when it was closer to the deadline cause the price would go up, guess what, you are going to get stuck paying for it...
FCC profit Plan
03/09/12 at 09:16 AM
The FCC Has found that the Bands being used by Public Safety would be better if sold for profit to commercial users and are close to some commercial bands already in use. They manadated the move of Public Bands at our Expense (the Taxpayers) and sold it as a necessary move, adding that it is a better place for them to be as well. Bottom line is it will be a huge windfall for government sales within those bands, as we go more and more to a wireless communication world. They will tell you and sell you other reasons for the move at our expence and leave this part out, because most of us are sheep and believe whatever they say without any research or questioning...