Emergency Communications Improvement Project
- Improve the talk capacity of the radio network
- Improve the efficiency (Make the radio network easier to use)
- Improve the effectiveness of the radio network (improved coverage)
- Maintain low cost of operation
- Implement infrastructure and facility life cycle management
- November 2019 - Okanogan County voters authorized the Emergency Communications sales tax 2/10 of 1% with 69% voter support.
- April 2020 - Start of the sales tax collection.
- Revenues generated from the sales tax are utilized for the expenses associated with the operation and improvement of the emergency communications radio network.
- February 2022 - ADCOMM Engineering presentation of Phase 1a findings and recommendations:
- Remaining in the VHF band and achieving the improved goals is not realistically possible.
- Partnering with and investing in the expansion of and leveraging of an existing 700/800 Mhz radio systems is the most cost-effective way to achieve the improvement goals.
|Issue Consultant RFP||Completed||Oct 2020||Seek vendors to consult and assist in project work|
|Award Consultant Contract
||Completed||Feb 2021||Award consultant contract to ADCOMM Engineering|
||Completed|| Feb 2021
||Project kickoff meeting|
||Completed|| Dec 2021
||Stakeholder interviews/needs, coverage analysis, FCC frequency availability, review governance agreements, communications site assessment.|
|Phase 1A Findings||Completed||Feb 2022||ADCOMM Findings and Recommendations report:|
|Phase 1B Work||In Progress||Development of partnership with WSDOT; Site visit & Analysis (4 sites); RF site designs & Submit for 60 FCC License applications; Final Findings & Recommendations report
||Fall 2023||Install improvements at 1 site, work with EMS agency to resolve operational details,