Trenton could lose its emergency radio system due to dispute over billing

A disagreement in Trenton could lead to the shutdown of the city’s emergency radio system.

News 12 Staff

Oct 19, 2021, 12:01 PM

Updated 913 days ago

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A disagreement in Trenton could lead to the shutdown of the city’s emergency radio system.
The city currently owes $218,000 to the company in charge of the system. If the money isn’t paid, the vendor said it will shut off service effective on Oct. 31.
But Mayor Reed Gusciora says that he wants Trenton to upgrade the entire communications system with a $4 million project.
"We want to utilize American recovery funds to replace the entire system. It won't cost any money to taxpayers, and the county will let us use their air frequency for free. All we need now is to purchase the equipment."
The Trenton City Council previously tabled an effort to pay the outstanding bill to MPS Communications. But Gusciora is calling on the council to restore the item to their agenda.
The council responded to the mayor in a statement that read, “This Council received a one-page memo to justify the request of $4 million of taxpayer money, which contained absolutely no information. The request is for a blank check to address a problem which this administration has known about for four years, and has failed to act on through four State of the City addresses by this mayor, despite repeated requests from this council.”


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