City of Somerville

Agenda Item

Requesting an appropriation of $80,000 for the purchase of new radio equipment and authorization to borrow $80,000 in a bond to meet said appropriation.


Category:Mayor's RequestPurposes:Bond/BAN


  1. Appropriation Order (Somerville) $80000 Radio Equipment (This file has not yet been converted to a viewable format)

Official Text

To the Honorable Board:


I hereby request, subject to the approval of your Honorable Board, an appropriation in the amount of eight thousand dollars ($80,000.00) for the purchase of new radio equipment to comply with the FCC mandate that all radio systems operate on a narrow band frequency by January 1, 2013. 


Additionally, I respectfully request an authorization for the City Treasurer to borrow $80,000.00 to meet said appropriation.


Thank you for your consideration of this matter.


Respectfully submitted,


Joseph A. Curtatone


Meeting History

Jul 14, 2011 7:00 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
Aug 23, 2011 6:00 PM  Finance Committee Committee Meeting

This expense is being bonded, for a short term, to take advantage of the current low interest rates. Chief Kelleher spoke about the FCC mandates regarding narrow band frequencies and told the members that there may be some grant money that could be used to help pay for the needed new equipment. Additional upgrades to the infrastructure will be needed next year at a cost of about $70,000.

Aug 25, 2011 7:00 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
AYES:John M. Connolly, Bruce M. Desmond, Dennis M. Sullivan, William A. White Jr., William M. Roche, Maryann M. Heuston, Walter F. Pero, Sean T. O’Donovan, Rebekah L. Gewirtz
ABSENT:Thomas F. Taylor, Robert C. Trane