Jackson To Buy New Radio System

Jackson Town Hall (Photo by Micromedia Publications)

JACKSON – Township officials moved forward with a plan to purchase a new police radio system, with the introduction of a bond ordinance appropriating $6,509,000, during a recent council meeting.

The ordinance authorized the issuance of $6,183,550 in bonds and notes to finance a portion of the costs. Council members also approved the introduction of an ordinance authorizing the acquisition of a portion of Perchuk Lane. Another ordinance on first reading authorized the acceptance of a deed in lieu of foreclosure.

Council members also approved a resolution authorizing an agreement with Motorola Solutions, Inc. for the purchase of a police radio communications system in an amount not to exceed $5,655,520.85.

Also approved was a resolution awarding a contract to quality Medical Transport, Inc. for emergency ambulance service which will include a third party billing for a 36-month period with the option to renew for one, two-year period.

Councilman Scott Martin praised the service saying “they’ve done an outstanding job and they routinely respond in under nine minutes.”

“Their record is impeccable,” Bressi added.

Council members reluctantly passed a resolution authorizing the execution of an affordable housing obligation agreement with Highview Homes, Inc.

“I’m holding my nose to do it but the state says we have to do this so I vote yes,” Martin said.

Council vice president Rob Nixon and Councilman Barry Calogero voted no while Councilwoman Anne Updegrave and Bressi voted yes. Earlier in the year, members of council voiced their discontent toward state mandated regulations that resulted in the addition of housing developments which include adding low income housing units in the township.

Township Clerk Ann Marie Eden discussed setting the council meeting dates for 2019. Nixon recommended continuing to hold only one council meeting during the summer.

“It’s not like a line of people has come to us in July and August,” Nixon added.

Eden said “we can finalize these dates during our Dec. 18 meeting.” That will include the date of this year’s reorganization meeting.