Assistant to the County Manager Paul Van Haute and consultant Steve Macke reached an arrangement with Sprint, Nextel and M/A-COM to provide the radios with both the current radio frequencies and the new frequencies that will be set up once the transition from analog to digital television signals is made. When the transition is made, the current frequencies can be removed.
Macke said Tyco will accommodate this request, which will save all concerned parties time and money.
“Everyone ends up winning in this particular situation,” he said.
Commissioner Dave Phillips asked if they can just flip a switch when the analog to digital transition is finished. Macke said this would not be possible, since the radios scan through frequencies. Macke did say that the county would incur no additional charges.
“That will be the first time I’ve hard that in relation to the radio system,” said Vice-Chairwoman Gwen Flowers-Taylor.
Spalding County Chairman Eddie Goss moved to overturn the county’s previous motion, which would have installed only the current frequencies. County Attorney Jim Fortune said the county could vote to amend the original motion and not overturn it.
The commissioners voted 5-0 to amend the motion.
The commissioners also approved a 2009 alcoholic beverages license for Country Rock Bar and Grill, located on North Expressway on the former site of Curves Bar and Grill. County Manager William P. Wilson Jr. said county staff recommended approval. Phillips asked if the owners had any plans to provide adult entertainment at the premises and Wilson said they did not. The commissioners voted 5-0 to approve the license.
Richie’s Tires and Accessories requested outdoor-amplification permits for March 28, May 16, July 4, September 19 and November 28 from 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. for sales events. Commissioner Bob Gilreath objected to the length of time — he said 7:30 p.m. is too late. Wilson said the Spalding County noise ordinance only takes effect after 9 p.m.
Phillips moved to approve, commending Richie’s Tires and Accessories for applying so far in advance. The commissioners voted 3-2, with Gilreath and Goss dissenting, to approve the permits.