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Durham to pay for school bus radios
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Durham School Services has agreed to pay for new narrow-band radios that must be installed on all buses before Jan. 1. The FCC has mandated all licensees using 25 kHz radio systems migrate to narrow-band 12.5 kHz channels by Jan. 1, 2013, according to County Executive John Pelham.
Licensees that do not meet the deadline face the loss of license and the possibility of paying a $16,000 fine per day of uncompliance.
Addendums were added to the existing contract between Durham School Services and the Warren County Board of Education stating Durham will own the radios when their lease with the county is up.
Added to paragraph 4 of the “Lease Agreement for Buses and Equipment” was:
“However, the parties agree that two-way radios purchased and installed on district-owned buses at contractor’s sole expense shall not be considered fixtures. The parties further agree that at any such time as the service agreement ends or is not renewed, the district shall have the option to either, 1) purchase the radios for its own use at the existing fair market value, or 2) allow removal of the radios by the contractor at the contractor’s sole expense. District agrees to provide notice of its option to contractor in a timely manner upon any termination or nonrenewal of the agreement.”
Section 16 of the “Agreement for Transportation Services” has been amended to say:
“The CONTRACTOR shall also provide on all district-owned buses two-way radios which comply with all statutory or regulatory requirements that are in working condition and installed according to manufacturer’s specifications.”
The county received a bid to replace 66 broad-band radios with narrow-band radios, as well as any equipment needed for the radios to work and allow communication between the drivers and dispatcher.
The county received a bid for $37,311 for the radios and equipment from Communications Evolutions. A customer trade-in is optional which will pay $1,000 per lot of 10 old radios.
The broad-band radios will be available to the highest bidder in a sealed bid auction. An ad will be placed in the Southern Standard offering the broad-band radios for sale to the public. However, the radios will be illegal to use in the United States after Jan. 1, 2013.