County opens bid for new dispatch communications equipment
Rockland — Knox County Administrator Andrew Hart on Aug. 31 opened the sole bid for upgrades to the radio infrastructure throughout the area.
The county received a bid of more than 100 pages from Active Communications in Brunswick. Because of the intricate technology involved, Hart said he would forward the bid package to the county's contract vendor, Marcus Communications, in Connecticut to analyze the bid.
"They are the company that helped us prepare the request for proposal," Hart said.
He said the prices in the bid only have significance after the vendor has analyzed them. Hart said he expects to know the dollar amount of the bid next week.
"We might even have to reject the bid," he said.
Hart also plans to have a telephone conference Tuesday, Sept. 4 with his communications subcommittee to review the bid. He said he hopes to present it to the Knox County commissioners for their approval at their Sept. 11 meeting.
Linwood Lothrop, director of Knox County Dispatch Services, said the bid will include updating the radios and relocating two tower sites.
"The end goal is to improve the radio coverage for police, fire and emergency management agencies," he said.
"It will also cover the re-location of the radio consoles to the new facility and increase the number of positions from four to six," he said.
The county's new building at 301 Park St. is under renovation in preparation for housing the sheriff's office, Emergency Management Agency and county dispatch. The county has awarded a contract to Ganneston Construction Corp. of Augusta for the renovations. The contractor has estimated a mid-January completion date.
Courier Publications reporter George Chappell can be reached at 207-594-4401, ext. 117, or email@example.com.