Sarasota News Leader

04/12/2013

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PROCEED WITH REPLACEMENT The County Commission sits in session in a recent meeting. Photo by Norman Schimmel AMID CONCERNS ABOUT 'BUGS' IN THE TECHNOLOGY, A SPLIT COUNTY COMMISSION APPROVES BUYING NEW PUBLIC SAFETY COMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor On a 3-2 vote, the County Commission on April 10 authorized staff to proceed with steps necessary to replace an outdated public safety radio system with modern digital technology at a cost of about $18.5 million. have found with the type of system recommended. "I don't want to experience problems that could be avoided as a result of [not] going forward with a first-generation system," Robinson said. The dissenters — Commissioners Christine Robinson and I don't want to experience problems Nora Patterson — said that could be avoided as a result of [not] they felt they needgoing forward with a first-generation system. ed more information about alternatives and Christine Robinson Commissioner more details about Sarasota County "bugs" other users "I feel a little bit like we've been getting a sales job on this thing," Patterson added, noting she would prefer a workshop explaining the technology extensively before taking a vote.

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