Public Safety Radio System Subscriber Units - RFI

Deadline extended. Proposals due July 28, 2017 at 4:00pm.

The Northern Kentucky Area Development District (NKADD) on behalf of the Fiscal Courts of Boone, Campbell, and Kenton Counties hereby requests information for Public Safety Radio System Subscriber Units to be provided in accordance with terms, conditions and specifications established herein.

Information received after the date and time set for opening requests for information will not be considered and will be returned unopened to the Submitter. It is the sole responsibility of the Submitter to assure that his/her information is received by the NKADD before the date and time set for opening the Request for Information.

Sealed proposals are due by 4:00 pm on July 28, 2017, at which time they will be publicly opened.

NKADD reserves the right to reject any and all proposals.

Public Safety Radio System Subscriber Units


Addendum 1 - Submittal Signature Page


1. Are full keypads required on the radios?
Answer: Full keypads are not required but may be optional. It is anticipated that most radios will be purchased without the full keypad.

2. Section 1.1.3 – Is encryption required on portable radio DES or DES-OFB? DES is not P25 compliant and can operate in analog mode only.
Answer: For the purposes of this Request for Information, encryption is not required and will not be tested or evaluated. The radios submitted will need to be capable of meeting the current P25 encryption requirements.

3. Sections 1.1.2, 1.1.3, and 1.1.4 – Mobile and control stations require AES encryption only while portable requires DES/AES. Please confirm
Answer: For the purposes of this Request for Information, encryption is not required and will not be tested or evaluated. The radios submitted will need to be capable of meeting the current P25 encryption requirements.

4. Did not see a signature page in the RFI to address this statement in the RFI “Signature of this document by the Submitter constitutes acceptance by the Submitter of terms, conditions and requirements set forth herein.” Please advise
Answer: A Submittal Signature Page can be found under the addendum's section on this page (see above).

5. Should the chargers on page 11 be available or would you like one of each supplied with the terminals?
Answer: Each portable handheld radio should be submitted with its corresponding battery charger.

6. Is it preferred that the radios be programmed before they are delivered, or are the evaluators going to program themselves?
Answer: It is preferred that the radios are programmed before they are delivered. Evaluators will not be programming radios.

7. If we are to program could we please have the frequency and pertinent information?
Answer: Yes. The programming information will be distributed when requested by an interested vendor as outlined in the RFI Overview (page 3).

8. You mentioned "The radios submitted will need to be capable of meeting the current P25 encryption requirements." Question: Do you still want these options in the radios (AES, P25 Trunking, TDMA, etc...) and priced out at list priced?
Answer: The radios submitted do not need to have all P25 features (AES, P25 Trunking, TDMA, etc...) enabled for the evaluation during this RFI process. However, the radios submitted must be capable of having these enabled. These features will be required as part of the base radio when the purchase is made.  List pricing should be provided that indicates the cost of a radio with these features enabled.

8. How you plan to mount the mobiles? What accessories will be needed for that purpose?
Answer: The mobile radios will not be mounted or installed in any vehicles. The tests will focus on the ergonomics and functionality of the unit as judged by the end user. We will also look at the size and shape of the proposed units to see how they would fit in the space available in the emergency vehicles. There will be some audio quality testing. The only accessory that I know would be helpful is a magnetic mount antenna. However, this antennas are not required.

WIB Publication of Local and Regional Plan for 2017

The Northern Kentucky Workforce Investment Board is putting the Northern Kentucky Workforce Development Area Local Plan and the Central Kentucky Regional Plan for 2017 up for public comment. The Executive Summary gives a brief description of these two plans and the deadline for public comment.

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Administrative Assistant - Taylor Mill Police Department

The City of Taylor Mill, KY, is seeking a dynamic, highly motivated and experienced individual for the position of FT Administrative Asst to the Police Dept. The position reports directly to the City Administrator and the Police Chief and is responsible for implementing and facilitating the secretarial administrative task of the dept while rendering high quality customer service to our residents.

The ideal candidate will have excellent communication skills, as well as, strong organizational skills, leadership skills, and excellent customer service abilities. Must be self-motivated, work independently, and able to multi-task. He or she must also possess excellent writing skills; mathematical skills; computer skills; maintain records efficiently & accurately; operate various office equipment; and be able to bend, lift and move items in excess of 25 pounds. This individual will also be responsible for payroll processing, incoming/outgoing correspondence/mail, filing, reporting, answer telephones, assist citizens/customers, & provide front desk support and secretarial work for the CAO as necessary. The successful candidate should possess minimally an Associate’s Degree (Bachelor’s preferred) from an accredited university; supplemented by previous comparative work experience. Must be able to obtain a Notary Public, NIMS/ICS Certificates, Passport Agent Certification, hold a valid driver’s license, and be bondable.

Salary Range: $36,061.41 - $48,498.59 plus excellent benefit package.

Resume including a completed City Employment Application, must be submitted to the Taylor Mill Police Dept., Attn: Chief of Police, 5227 Taylor Mill Rd, Taylor Mill, KY 41015 prior to 5 pm on Fri, June 23, 2017. Resumes submitted via email will not be accepted. The City of Taylor Mill is an EOE.

Carnahan named 2017 Outstanding Young Planner by American Planning Association’s Kentucky Chapter

Emily Awardsm

FLORENCE, KY. June 2, 2017 – ­­ Emily Carnahan was named the 2017 Outstanding Young Planner by the Kentucky Chapter of the American Planning Association at the organization’s Spring Conference May 18 at Lake Cumberland State Park.

During her two and a half years at the Northern Kentucky Area Development District, Carnahan has administered the Community Development Block Grant for the Pendleton County Ambulance District, managed the Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan update and administered the Community Development Block Grant and Kentucky Infrastructure Authority loan for the Butler Water and Sewer Rehabilitation Project, among other projects. Carnahan is a Senior Community Development Specialist who also writes and administers grants, creates and updates government policies and operates the Northern Kentucky City/County Management Association.

The Outstanding Young Planner Award is given annually to an individual in his or her first five years in the profession who has demonstrated extraordinary commitment to leadership, professional development and advancement of the field.

In the attached photo, Carnahan is joined on the left by Adam King, AICP, secretary for the American Planning Association’s Kentucky Chapter, and on the right by Brian Howard, AICP, current president of the American Planning Association’s Kentucky Chapter. The photo was taken by Scott Southall. 

Boone, Campbell and Kenton Counties Award Joint Bid For Enhanced Emergency Communications System


The Boone County Fiscal Court, Campbell County Consolidated Dispatch Board and Kenton County Fiscal Court have jointly selected Motorola Solutions to design, build and implement a new 700/800 MHz P25 trunked radio system at a cost of $19,485,134. The award amount includes the system infrastructure and an eleven year service warranty for parts, service, and software/hardware upgrades. This cooperative effort is the largest joint purchasing project ever approved by the three counties and the collaborative approach resulted in substantial savings totaling more than $10 million dollars through the combination of direct discounts and the elimination of redundant equipment rendered unnecessary due to the regional design.

During the past two years, Boone, Campbell and Kenton Counties have engaged in a comprehensive study of their communications systems utilizing two independent, professional consulting firms: Trott Communications Group and TUSA Consulting Services. The two studies, pursued independently, came to similar conclusions on the systems currently being utilized by the three counties. These findings included the fact that current technology is at the end of its useful life, coverage is unsatisfactory in many areas of each county, constraints and deficiencies of the current system result in poor signal strength in large buildings and structures and the inability for law enforcement and fire agencies to communicate directly with one another.

The individual studies recommended that a P25 700/800 MHz trunked communication system would provide the best proven technology to meet the long-term needs of public safety personnel in protecting the community. P25 digital radio technology is the nationwide standard for public safety agencies and P25 systems have been, or are being, deployed in several areas around the region such as the State of Ohio, State of Indiana, CVG airport, Lexington, Hamilton County/Cincinnati and Warren County, among others. This technology will provide greatly enhanced communication coverage within the three counties, ensure reliable in-building coverage, and support interoperability with other agencies.

Boone, Campbell and Kenton entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to outline the details of a regional approach for the procurement and deployment of a 700/800 MHz P25 communications system to support all three Counties. The Northern Kentucky Area Development District (NKADD) was appointed to serve as the procurement agent and administered the Request for Proposals (RFP) and bidding process. Proposals were received from three qualified bidders and assessed by a team of public safety professionals and administrators including law enforcement, fire service, emergency medical services and emergency management staff from agencies within each county to ensure full participation by first responders during the evaluation. At the conclusion of an extensive review, the committee determined that the proposal from Motorola Solutions represented both the lowest and best bid.

Motorola will move forward with designing and building the 700/800 MHz P25 trunked radio system subject to a successful contract negotiation. The system is anticipated to be live late in the fall/winter of 2018. The regional system will provide seamless ability to communicate among agencies across the three counties; however, no agencies or county dispatch operations will merge and each will continue to act independently.

"The joint purchase of the new digital radio system is an example of local government at its finest. We have provided a tool that is absolutely critical to first responders and our citizens, saved the taxpayers millions of dollars and designed a system that will allow for collaboration across Northern Kentucky. Boone County and the region will benefit from this joint effort for decades." - Boone County Judge/Executive Gary Moore

"While traveling throughout the Commonwealth, I often hear other elected officials admire Northern Kentucky’s regional cooperation and this project is the latest example of that. We’ve put political boundaries aside to provide our public safety first responders with a mission critical, modern radio system all while saving the region’s taxpayers over $10,000,000." - Campbell County Judge/Executive Steve Pendery

"The new digital 911 radio system represents regional cooperation at its best. Our fire and police departments desperately needed to upgrade their communications platform from analog to digital and, by working together, our three counties were able to deliver to them a modern, state-of-theart communications system for millions less than we could have achieved individually. The net result – our community, and our first responders, will be safer, and we accomplished this outcome in the most fiscally responsible way possible." - Kenton County Judge/Executive Kris Knochelmann

"Motorola Solutions applauds Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties for the collaborative approach they have undertaken to provide Northern Kentucky public safety with a mission-critical communications system that will help them serve and protect the entire region. This regional cooperation means police, fire and other public safety agencies will benefit from an interoperable radio system that will allow first responders to talk to each other across counties and also provides these agencies with years of quality services from Motorola Solutions." - Robert Rummel, Territory Vice President, Motorola Solutions

For additional information about this topic please contact Mr. Paul See, Project Coordinator, 859-816-6443 or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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