Public Safety Communications Review Committee to Ask for More Money

Despite claims that a public safety radio antenna could be built on the Rhodes Drive water tower site for $60,000, the PSCRC will be asking Town Meeting for an additional $47,600.75 to supplement the original appropriation for a total of $107,997. They’ve already spent approximately $4,000 on site work.

Since early November of 2007, the town has put this project up for bid twice. A company called Comtronics submitted a bid on this project November 5, 2007–six days before Town Meeting. Their projected cost was $200,000 for both the Rhodes Drive and Knuckup Hill sites or approximately $100,000 per antenna. The current bid of $122,997 came from Timberline Construction.

This latest round of bids were originally due on April 16. The deadline was extended to April 18th. Timberland’s bid was opened by BoS staffer Cindy Thompson on Friday, April 18th. PSCRC chair Walter Mahla was present.

Observant readers will note that there is an approximately $20,000 shortfall between the latest request for funds and the projected cost. Mr. Mahla plans to offer a $20,000 donation to make up the difference.

The current projected cost of siting a public safety communication antenna on the Rhodes Drive water tower site is $62,997 more than the PSCRC estimated at the November 13, 2007 Town Meeting.

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