Airwave contract on the chopping block

Airwave contract on the chopping block

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HINDS COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Airwave's final contract with Hinds County is on the chopping block.

On Monday, Supervisors voted 3-2 to look into canceling its contract with Airwave to service the communications towers.

The shift of power is evident on the Board, with Supervisors Peggy Hobson-Calhoun and Tony Greer, and Board President Darrel McQuirter, forming a majority.

Supervisors Robert Graham and Kenneth Stokes voted against the measure.  

Start-up company Airwave holds a communication tower maintenance contract with the county that has paid out more than $4 million since 2008.

At the meeting, several instances were pointed out that bring the company's performance into question.

For instance, County EOC Director Ricky Moore says Airwave Principals Stacey Stowers and Nathan Hargrove determined that a damaged alert system computer was inoperable and beyond repair.

Moore took the computer to the County's I/T Department, and it was fixed the same day.

Additionally, Moore says the County has been waiting almost a year now for a report from Airwave on how badly the Spring 2013 hail storm damaged the FOA tower site.

A company called WesTower Communications was recently asked to check it out.

WesTower issued a report on March 14, with findings of a few areas of damage.

Supervisor Greer wants to end the county's relationship with Airwave.

"We've not been getting the services we thought we were getting. We're paying roughly $70,000 a month for this," he says.

The Board's attorney will now meet with Airwave's attorneys to hash it out. 

There are no outstanding invoices payable to Airwave at the current time.

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