James City to save $737,000 on radio system upgrades

James City will save about $737,000 on upgrades to the county's radio system thanks to a new payment plan approved by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

The radio system, which is shared between James City, Gloucester and York counties, provides communication for area first responders, said James City County Administrator Bryan Hill.

Upgrades will enhance the system's technology, providing more towers and more coverage, Hill said.

James City County originally budgeted to pay $1.134 million a year over the next five years for the system upgrades.

The new payment plan will cut that total by $184,342 a year after an initial payment of $1.134 million to be made on July 1, Hill said.

Hill hopes the savings will be used to slowly replace hand-held radios for first responders, which cost about $5,000 each.

"This is an extremely important item for us in order to make sure our public safety officers have equipment available so they can communicate effectively," said Supervisor John McGlennon who represents the Roberts District.

Mayfield can be reached at 757-298-5828.

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