By Frank Lockwood

Staff writer

HERMISTON — Umatilla County Commissioner Dennis Doherty has proposed that his county take responsibilities for two components of emergency preparedness: the tactical radio system and the microwave “backbone” system.

Then Doherty wants to sign off on the Motorola contract for a 450 megahertz (million cycles per second) tactical radio system by Sept. 21, and to eliminate consoles for Hermiston and Pendleton from the plans.

The county can save money on the tactical radio system by moving quickly, since Motorola has offered $566,000 in incentives if the contract is signed no later than September 21. Eliminating consoles at Pendleton and Hermiston, would knock off an additional $500,000. Under the plan, radio consoles would still be placed at Morrow and Umatilla County Emergency Operations Centers.

The county would use ADCOMM Engineering as the contract manager. Emergency managers have previously endorsed ADCOMM, according to the proposal.

(For the full story please see the Sept. 4, 2001 issue of the Hermiston Herald.)

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