Tuesday, July 16, 2013

North Fulton cities establish historic radio alliance.

Courtesy Neighbor Newspapers

On July 1 the cities of Milton, Alpharetta, Roswell and Sandy Springs entered into an historic partnership to provide north Fulton a locally controlled, locally funded, reliable and comprehensive public safety radio system.

The result of state legislation establishing local radio consortiums, the North Fulton Regional Radio System Authority met for the first time July 2 after more than two years of planning and coordination. At this meeting, the authority leadership approved two radio tower leases, which provide the first steps toward total area coverage.

Additionally, organizers established bylaws, named officers, secured insurance, shored up funding strategies and reviewed partnership options with Fulton County.

The authority is:

Chairman John McDonough, city manager, Sandy Springs

Vice-Chairwoman Kay G. Love, city administrator, Roswell

Treasurer Bob Regus, city administrator, Alpharetta

Secretary Chris Lagerbloom, city manager, Milton

“The authority represents the results of collaboration and a focus on common goals,” said McDonough. “Our concerted efforts will ensure our public safety personnel are able to communicate and expeditiously respond in an emergency situation.”

The formation of the consortium follows two years of discussion and planning between north Fulton cities. Participating cities have approved the purchase of equipment and installation, procured through the Georgia Contract list. A contract with Commdex to serve as a consultant was also given approval.

The authority will meet the first Tuesday of each month at Roswell’s City Hall, 38 Hill Street in Roswell.

Read more: Neighbor Newspapers - North Fulton cities establish historic radio alliance.

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