By: Laura-Jane Hatcher (WRGA News)
Activation of the county-wide public safety radio system is just days away, and some last minute adjustments are passing through the Floyd Commission for their stamp of approval.
The Floyd County Commission called a special meeting Wednesday morning to approve a quick change order with the radio system’s designer, Harris Corporation. A recent issue with nickel-batteries in the handheld radios threatened to push the $26.7 million project over its projected budget to the tune of $23,000. However, Assistant County Manager Noah Simon and EMA Director Scotty Hancock negotiated the cost down to free.
Following an equipment exchange, the radio systems project was sitting on a hefty $200,000 credit. But, in December, Harris Corporation tossed a $150,000 bill to the county for extra civil work performed at one of the tower sites. The invoice was paid, but only by a 3-2 vote by commissioners. Chairman Irwin Bagwell voted against the payment, citing their contract as reason.
“I just felt that it was spelled out in the contract what to do when a change order occurs, and that procedure was not followed per the contract. I just believe we are not obligated to pay them the money because the contract was not followed.” Bagwell said after their December 11th meeting. “We certainly hope this is the final change order with Harris Corporation.”
All public safety agencies are expected to switch over to the SPLOST-Funded communications system on January 22nd. Until then, testing continues.