Middletown buying new police radios to replace departing system

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

Aerial scenes of Central Ave business district downtown Middletown

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

Middletown City Council approved the purchase of new radios for the police department over the next three years.

The city will buy 66 Motorola APX 6000XE radios for $269,965 from Motorola Solutions of Schaumburg, Ill. That includes 22 new radios per year in 2020, 2021 and 2022 for $89,988 per year.

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Acting City Manager Susan Cohen said the department currently contracts with Motorola for police radios. In 2018, Motorola announced to area departments that the current software updated through Motorola would no longer be serviced by it or Brics.

She said the without software updates, the current radios could become inoperable and not function. Cohen said some of the old radios are starting to have operational issues and are unable to be repaired.

Cohen said council approved the purchase of 22 new radios in February 2019 to allow the Division of Police to test the new radios before committing the remainder needed for the rest of the department.

“After a year of testing, the department is satisfied and is now requesting approval to purchase the remaining radios needed for the rest of the department,” she said.

Cohen requested a waiver of the bid process to keep all radios across the department the same for ease and use of training.


Council also approved the following infrastructure projects:

• Work for subgrade stabilization on Antrim Court, Court Donegal, Galway Circle and Helton Drive for up to $130,388. After the work is completed, city crews will repave those streets as part of the 2020 paving program.

• Consenting to permit the Ohio Department of Transportation to rehabilitate the bridges that carry Ohio 4 over the Great Miami River and the overflow channel. The bridges are owned by ODOT but the city and Duke Energy are responsible for bridge lighting. The estimated cost of the project is $4 million and the city’s share is expected to be under $200,000. The project will include resurfacing the pavement and replacing defective curbing on the road adjacent to the bridge. Construction is slated for 2022.

• Approving the replacement of the Precision Approach Path Indicator at the Middletown Regional Airport for $153,592. The FAA will cover the full amount for the project to repair the North and South PAPI circuits which were damaged by lightning strikes over the years.

• Awarding a contract with Adleta, Inc. for the 2020 Urban Paving Concrete Work project along Verity Parkway between Tytus Avenue and Eldora Street to replace defective concrete. Adleta submitted the lowest and best bid of six contractors of $155,245, which was 9 % lower than the engineer’s estimate and 6% lower than the next bidder. The paving work will be part of ODOT’s Urban Paving Projects in 2021 and 2022.