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Radio Geek
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Jan 21, 2002
Raleigh, NC
What a difference 8 years makes....
Let's just say 98% of the people now using the Wake County 800Mhz system are very pleased at what it can do....gotta wonder what Fetzer thinks about looking back at his comments :cool:

[SIZE=+4]Radio plan nixed by Wake board[/SIZE]

By Suzanne Rook, Wake Weekly Staff Writer

One of the first orders of business for the newly sworn-in Wake County Commissioners was to cancel all contracts for the county's communications system improvements project. The commissioners wasted no time halting the progress of the project, known as 800 Mhz, at their meeting Monday.
The project consists of three issues: an 800 Mhz "trunked" radio communication system, an emergency operations center and a facility for each.
A committee appointed to study the project recommended the 800 Mhz system would better serve the county and should be pursued.
"Wake County would be best served by a unified communications center that houses communications for all municipalities and the county government," said committee chairman and Zebulon Mayor Robert Matheny.
Raleigh Mayor Tom Fetzer opposed the plan.
"For 25 years the City of Raleigh has been responsible for the daily operations of the emergency communications center, serving all in Wake County except the citizens of Cary and Morrisville. We do not need a different communications system nor a new emergency communications center," Fetzer wrote in a letter to the commissioners dated Aug. 20.
Calling the commissioners' decision "unfortunate," Wake Forest Mayor George Mackie believes the town won't notice any change in services. They won't notice an improvement either, he said.
There were two basic problems, according to Commissioner Yvonne Brannon - no funding and Raleigh's failure to sign on.
"There was no funding plan in place," she said.
The prior board wanted to raise 911 fees but never put together a funding package, Brannon said.
"The City of Raleigh did not agree to work with us."
She said the preferred method is to have a single center. Otherwise, a call to Raleigh's 911 may have to be transferred to the county's center, losing precious seconds in emergency situations.
The staff is setting up meetings and working on improving service to the community, Brannon said.
"We're doing everything we can to have a first-class system, she said.
No information is yet available on what the county has already spent and what it will cost to cancel the contracts.
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