in renewing FCC license will cost Paradise
By David Baker
April 7, 2006 | PARADISE -- Sometimes a simple mistake
can cost you money. At Wednesday night's Town Council
meeting, Fire Chief Troy Fredrickson discussed just
such a mistake.
The fire department did not properly renew the license
for its radio frequency with the Federal Communications
Commission. This meant the license, which secures the
sole use of that frequency, was terminated. Now instead
of renewing for free, they have to pay $325 to reapply.
Mayor Lee Atwood, who helped Fredrickson with the
renewal, said. "It was one of those things we thought
we had done."
The mix-up came from the online renewal form. Atwood
said they completed the steps to get a renewal number,
but apparently did not connect it to their frequency.
This failed connection resulted in an incomplete renewal
and the eventual termination of the license.
"The Web site was confusing at best," Fredrickson
said. "When we got the number, we thought it was complete."
Atwood said they did all the steps the Web site listed,
but apparently "only did half of the job." He also echoed
Fredrickson's comments about the confusing renewal process,
saying it "wasn't the easiest thing to do."
Since the license was terminated the frequency is
up for grabs, Atwood said. The problem is all the hand-held
and truck radios are programmed to the old frequency.
So if they have to get a new frequency, all the radios
would have to be reprogrammed, Fredrickson said.
Atwood said one of the volunteers on the department
is going to do the reapplication for licensing. Once
the application is accepted, the license is good for
five years. He added that a company from California
does licensing applications but charges $510, which
includes the $325 in FCC fees. So by doing it in-house
they will save $185.
In other business, the council:
-- received a year-end report from County Building
Inspector Don Davis. The report outlined the number
and value of structures built in Paradise in 2005, and
listed similar figures for 2003 and 2004. The report
showed the number of houses built in Paradise more than
doubled, from four in 2004 to 10 in 2005. Also, the
average value of homes built in Paradise increased by
more than $68,000.
-- unanimously agreed on a resolution to opt into
the Cache Valley Regional Council.
-- approved road access to phase two of Ty Haguewood's
subdivision, under the stipulation that all roads would
be built according to the town's specifications.
-- approved building permits for Eric Andrus and Mike
Norman. Andrus is building a shop on his property at
45 E. 8800 South. Mike Norman, who lives at 288 W. 8800
South, is adding on to an existing shed.