Knox County Commissioners award radio communications bid
Rockland — Knox County Commissioners voted 3-0 on Sept. 11 to award a $920,000 communications simulcast upgrade bid to Active Communications in Brunswick.
Knox County Administrator Andrew Hart said his office had requested eight bids and received one, but with two options, on Aug. 31 when he opened the request.
Because the bid was more than 100 pages containing intricate technological information, he sent the proposal to a contract vendor, Marcus Communications, in Connecticut to analyze the details.
"They are the company that helped us prepare the request for proposal," Hart said. The vendor suggested the radioactivity option for the new equipment.
Hart also had a telephone conference Sept. 4 with his communications subcommittee to review the bid, before presenting it to the commissioners for a vote.
The bid is close to the original budgeted estimate of $900,000, Hart said.
Commissioner Roger Moody said he would like to have the system to be compatible with other county communications systems in Maine, and he was assured that it would be.
Linwood Lothrop, director of Knox County Communication, said in a recent email the bid includes 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 relocation of the radio consoles to the new facility and increase the number of positions from four to six," he said.
Hart said the county is negotiating with U.S. Cellular to use two of their towers for communications.
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.
Hart reported to the commissioners that the Park Street building reconstruction is "on schedule."
Commissioners also awarded a $38,347 bid to McCormick Builders to replace six windows in the Probate office of the Knox County Courthouse.
Hart said the county had budgeted $28,000 for the job, and will take the additional $10,000 to meet the bid amount from building reserves.
Courier Publications reporter George Chappell can be reached at 207-594-4401, ext. 117, or email@example.com.