Skip to main content
  1. News
  2. Crime & Courts

City of Forney purchasing new radio system for police and fire

See also

Forney's public safety departments will be receiving a much needed new radio system. The City Council met on July 16 to discuss the new system for the City of Forney Police and Fire Departments. Not only did they agree to make the purchase, but the City has enough money to pay for the new radio system in full.

The current VHF radio system has worked intermittently, which put first responders at risk. Police Chief Rick Barnes told the Council that DFW Communications has worked to put together a much better radio system. DFW Communications has also offered to give the City a “trade-in value” for the current system. The previous radios cost $200,000 and DFWC has offered to pay $269,000 as the trade-in value.

City staff considered two options for paying for the new radio system. They received two 10-year leasing quotes with the best quote offering a 2.44% interest rate. The annual payment for the radio system would have been $166,330. Director of Administrative Services, Leigh Corson, told the Mayor and Council that staff assessed another option, paying for the system in full.

Corson explained that due to better than expected sales tax revenue and “developmental activity,” the City can use $1,400,000 from the General Fund unassigned fund balance to pay for the new radio system. The unassigned project fund will still have a $2,7000,000 balance even after the radio system is paid in full.

Councilwoman Robbie Powers made a motion to pass the ordinance to purchase the new system. Councilman Ray Stephens seconded the motion and the ordinance was approved unanimously by the Council.

If you would like to receive email notifications of new Forney News Examiner articles, click on the subscribe button at the bottom of the page and enter your email address. Most notifications go out within 5 minutes of an articles publication. If you would like to follow the Forney News Examiner on Facebook, click here.

Advertisement

News

  • Baseball Hall of Fame
    The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown welcomes six new inductees
    Video
    Video
  • 2012 do-over
    If we were to re-do the 2012 election, a new poll suggests Romney would win
    Politics
  • Boko Haram
    Boko Haram kidnaps the wife of the vice prime minister of Cameroon
    World News
  • Ceasefire breaks
    Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu claims Hamas broke another brief ceasefire
    Gaza
  • Close call with CME
    Scientists tell how Earth survived a giant solar flare back in 2012
    Space
  • Comic-Con
    What's going on at Comic-Con? Get all the latest updates here
    Comic-Con