Officials work out PSC telecommunication details

In every major project, especially one as complex and uncharted as the Moffat County Public Safety Center, there are bound to be snags, problems, changes, adjustments and delays.

As the end draws near, issues are magnified due to time constraints, and the fact that everything has to be done, adjusted, and fixed before the final bell tolls and the doors open.

The Moffat County Commissioners are getting very familiar with this kind of pressure.

The Moffat County Board of Commissioners will discuss and hear an update Monday concerning the NC Telecom Project, which deals in part with the telecommunications portion of the Safety Center. Two telecommunication issues have arisen, causing some last-minute negotiations and schedule adjustments.

"We want to make sure none of this causes anyone involved to be kicked into a default category," County Commissioner T. Wright Dickinson said.

The first issue is related to the April withdrawal of Adesta from the I-70 fiber project, which has caused a delay in the completion of the fiber circuit for the Colorado State Patrol. The circuit that runs from Rifle to Grand Junction won't be finished until June 30, according to Dennie Mecham, general manager for NC Telecom.

"NC Telecom has two companies, AT&T and Sprint Worldcom, competing to finish their current circuit. Whoever finishes first gets the contract from us," he said.

Mecham is confident one of the companies will finish before June 30. With the quality of the companies involved, a majority of the line testing would be done, which would reduce the CSP's testing workload once the total circuit was up and running.

Ray Elder, communications coordinator for the CSP "is comfortable with the June 30 deadline for circuit completion.

"That's going to work for us because we're not connecting to Grand Junction until August," Elder said. "The completion on June 30 gives us the 30 days we need to run our tests to complete the loop to Grand Junction; until then we'll have our microwave circuits."

The other issue is the demarcation, or division, of the DS3 line into the component T1 lines, so the individual lines can be fed into the corresponding hardware. Mecham informed the board on May 8, via conference call, that the state said Moffat County was financially responsible for this service from NC Telecom.

"Absolutely not," was the Commissioners' response.

"We went over this earlier in the process. Our contractual obligation is to bring the DS3 line to the building," County Commissioner Marianna Raftopoulos said. "The State Patrol would be handling the demarcation and the maintenance of their lines.

"I told Dennie the county would not pay for this, it's not in our contract. It's something the State Patrol and NC Telecom will have to deal with," she said.

The board meets at 8:30 a.m. Monday in the commissioner's chambers of the Moffat County Courthouse.

In other business, the board will:

Interview for a human resources position.

Conduct an abatement hearing of oil and gas on a request from Tom Brown, Inc.

Discuss the private land ownership/GIS layer proposal, a possible joint-project with the BLM.

Reviewed the need/qualifications for an information systems position.

Hold a workshop on the employee compensation plan.

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