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June 09, 1993

Baltimore company gets radio system work

Carroll commissioners voted yesterday to accept a Baltimore company's bid for beginning to replace or repair the county's emergency radio system.

Ram Communications Consultants will do preliminary work on preparing bid specifications for the project. The commissioners have not decided whether to replace or repair the system. Either option would cost about $6 million.

The current system is overloaded. The county has applied to the Federal Communications Commission for 10 new channels in the 800-megahertz frequency band. The county should know in about six weeks whether it will receive the channels, said J. Michael Evans, the director of general services.

Ram Communications submitted a bid of $33,673 to draft specifications to replace or repair the current system, establish criteria for evaluating bids for that work and review bids submitted for that work, Mr. Evans said.

Two other companies, both from Baltimore, submitted bids. They were SFA Inc., with a bid of $55,914, and Systems Integration Inc., with $142,300.

Impact fee hearing postponed until July

A public hearing to take citizens' comments on a proposal to increase Carroll's impact fees has been postponed until July, officials said yesterday.

The county attorney's office does not have time to prepare changes to the county ordinance by June 28, when the hearing had been scheduled, said Comptroller Eugene C. Curfman.

A new date has not been set.

The commissioners are considering raising the impact fee by as much as $1,762 as part of a plan that spreads the cost of protecting the water supply across the county. Currently, only South Carroll residents pay a water-related impact fee.

The plan calls for increasing the impact fee from $2,700 for a single-family home to $4,462. The fee for a single-family home in South Carroll would increase from $3,500 to $4,462.

Impact fees are levied on residential development to pay for expanding schools, parks and other facilities to accommodate growth.

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