Cherokee OKs $688K purchase of E911 radio gear

The Cherokee County Board of Commissioners has approved spending $688,588 for nine, new, radio dispatch consoles for the county’s E911 system.

The board approved a professional services agreement with Motorola, the only bidder for the contract. Motorola manufactured and maintains the system’s current network and consoles.

“The console upgrade will modernize our 911 equipment infrastructure and allow connection into the radio consoles in neighboring counties,” according to a staff report to the county board. “This will be incredibly important during emergencies triggering automatic mutual aid agreements and natural disasters.”

The cost of the upgrade will be $549,500, staff said. The $688,588 requested locks in the price for optional hardware and software maintenance for three years following the expiration of the initial, one-year warranty.