New agreement includes regular upgrades to Monroe’s public safety radio system

MONROE, CT — A $1.65 million upgrade to the city’s public safety radio communications system last year was paid for through bond clearance in 2020. Now first draftsman Ken Kellogg says a new service agreement will ensure “as new” status every two years without the need for costly bonding authorizations.

On Monday evening, City Council unanimously approved a new warranty/service agreement with Motorola Solutions Inc. The five-year plan has an annual cost of $124,236 in year one, before increasing to $135,886 in year five. .

“Motorola is now more of a subscription service, rather than buying software that you upgrade every five years,” Kellogg told the council. “It’s something that updates automatically and keeps updating.”

The city currently has an agreement with Norcom which is about to expire. A standard service contract is now available through Norcom for an estimated $41,000 in 2023. But it doesn’t include any system upgrades, according to Kellogg.

Prior to the decision to go with Motorola, the Monroe Police Department worked with an independent consultant to evaluate the various options and costs.

“Earlier this year, then-Chief John Salvatore informed me that the consultant had recommended the city’s commitment to Motorola’s plan to provide a controlled and predictable cost structure,” said Kellogg.

The city previously extended the agreements from year to year.

City Attorney Francis Lieto reviewed the agreement and recommended that it be forwarded to city council for consideration.

Councilor Kevin Reid, who chairs its Legislative and Administrative Committee, told council there was consensus to put the contract to the full body for a vote.

Councilman Jason Maur, who sits on the L&A committee, said the consultant estimates the city would conservatively save about $1 million over a 10-year period by switching to Motorola because the cost includes upgrades. level.

Police Chief Keith White called Monday’s meeting to answer any questions council members might have before voting, but there were none.