The shelter with generator was set in place yesterday at our Burnside Township site. Workers and truck drivers had their work cut out for them with the warm and rainy weather. Lot’s of rain mixed with a 2 inch frost that recently melted made the newly landscaped site very muddy. The trucks with the crane counterweights and shelter were unable to back up the long service drive with their loads. A giant dump truck from a nearby gravel pit was used to tow the trucks up the hill to the site. The truck with the shelter had a gross weight of over 100,000 pounds.
By the end of the day, the shelter was in place and all the trucks made it out of the site and the service drive graded again.
Today we got the shelter and generator put into place on its foundation at the Almont water tower. The shelter houses two rooms: one for the radio equipment and the other for the generator. The whole unit weighs 77,000 pounds.
The Motorola APX 6000 portable radio is one of the company’s newest radios to be released. Through our migration project to the MPSCS, we will be purchasing many of these for various agencies in Lapeer County.
This week at the Imlay City site a power amplifier and it’s power supply had failed which runs a channel bank for the 800MHz voice system. Users in the area were unaffected and did not notice because the system still has excess capacity for daily operations. A spare for each have been put in and brought the site back up to full capacity less the other channel bank that failed a few months back.
Fortunately, these power amplifiers and their power supplies are still covered under our maintenance contract and news ones are being shipped out today.