Board of Supervisors Meeting Date: 

Chester W. Stribling, Lee District Supervisor

December 10, 2009

Staff Lead:


Anthony I. Hooper, Deputy County Administrator

County Administration


A Resolution to Accept and Appropriate Grant Funds for the P25 Software Upgrades to the Public Safety Radio System

Topic Description:

The Virginia Department of Emergency Management has awarded $882,130 in grant funds for P25 software upgrades to existing public safety mobile and portable radios, as part of the 2009 State Homeland Security Program.  This award has been made jointly to Fauquier and Prince William Counties for upgrades to 1,297 radios, as the result of an application submitted by Fauquier County.  The primary recipient of grant funds is Fauquier County, allowing the upgrade of approximately 550 Fauquier-owned mobile and portable radios, with the remaining radio upgrades to be allocated to Prince William County.  Funding for this grant will be awarded in advance of the purchase and installation of the software.

The proposed upgrade will allow the Public Safety Radio System to interface with the recently upgraded Loudoun and Stafford County systems; without this upgrade, interoperability with these counties will cease, negatively impacting the counties’ ability provide a coordinated response to disaster. 

Appropriation of these funds, $882,130, is requested at this time in order to take advantage of a discounted price offered by Motorola through mid-December.

Requested Action of the Board of Supervisors: 

Consider adoption of the attached resolution, accepting the grant award and appropriating funds to proceed with the purchase of the software upgrades.

Financial Impacts Analysis:

No local funding is required.   

Identify any other Departments, Organizations or Individuals that would be affected by this request:

Sheriff’s Office
Treasurer’s Office
Finance Office
Office of Management and Budget
Prince William County Communications Office

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