Centre County approves maintenance contract for new 911 system

After long negotiations with Motorola, the Centre County Board of Commissioners approved a $5.4 million agreement for maintenance and upkeep of its new 911 system.

The county will spend the money as an operational cost for the 15-year span of the contract, which will last much of the expected useful life of the system, Commissioner Michael Pipe said. Motorola originally wanted more money for fewer years, but Pipe said the negotiation team was able to work out a deal that is good for the county.

He said the company might have been in a little bit of a rush to get the deal done before the end of the year, to get it on the 2013 earnings report.

“The fact that we were able to get this deal done by the end of the year is a big win for Centre County,” he said.

The cost of the maintenance will be $360,000 per year for the duration of the contract and will come out of the general fund operations budget, Commissioner Chris Exarchos said. It will not be a part of the capital project 911 system budget.

Exarchos said that Motorola originally wanted about $9 million for 10 years, but the county was able to negotiate the cost down. He said the 15-year duration will be key because the price will be locked in.

The county will continue with preparations for a transfer to the new system this month, using a couple test agencies to make sure there are no glitches, he said. They are hoping to complete the process by February.