TRENTON, New Jersey
Press Release: On Thursday, Mayor Gusciora met with Mercer County Manager Brian Hughes and City Council Chairperson Kathy McBride to discuss the public safety radio system for the City of Trenton.
Mr. Hughes has agreed to temporarily loan Trenton approximately 130 handheld radios programmed for the county radio system. While the Mercer County radio loan is not optimal, it helps extend the city until a new system is in place. Mercer County Aid gives my administration time to work with Chairman McBride to work together on a deal to replace the city’s aging radio system with equipment compatible with the Emergency Radio Platform of Mercer County. This arrangement is the basis of my proposal for a permanent solution.
Mayor Gusciora said I am very grateful to Chairman McBride, who phoned me on Wednesday afternoon. She is committed to ensuring that we work together on this critical public safety issue for our residents and businesses.
Previously, a resolution authorizing $ 4 million from the city’s US Rescue Plan (ARP) fund to pay for new radio and 911 systems was not on file. The council filed a resolution to pay the city’s current provider of police and fire radio systems, MPS Communications, for overdue bills, an issue that will be the subject of litigation. The company will disconnect the city’s radio system on October 31, endangering residents and public safety personnel.
Nonetheless, I am very grateful to Mercer County Executive Hughes for meeting with us, for his leadership and quick assistance. And, I want to thank City Council President McBride for her goodwill and willingness to work together on a permanent solution.