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December 06, 2016
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Police ID persons linked to series of home burglaries; Hunt is on in Town of Highland

The Sullivan County Legislature looked into three options to upgrade the system, including rebuilding the old system at a cost of $5.6 million, installing a high-band conventional analog system with Motorola at a cost of $9.7 million, or purchasing a state-of-the-art digital system that would cost up to $20 million. Because of the sheer magnitude of the cost of the last system, the legislature has decided the analog high-band or second system would be the most cost-effective and would provide 95% coverage in the Glen Spey, Callicoon, Shohola, Highland Lake areas.

“Because these are rural towns that border river property, 95% coverage is the best you can do,” he informed the board. “It’s not feasible to reach 100%.” But that’s a far cry better than the current system, which relies on lowband and is unable to be heard in steel structures such as schools. The high-band system, he said, can “bounce signals an unlimited distance” including within steel structures.