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Hinds votes to end controversial siren service contract

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HINDS COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The Hinds County Board of Supervisors has voted to terminate one of at least four contracts with Airwave, LLC.

The vote came down on Monday's board meeting. Board President George Smith tells us their attorney, Crystal Martin, will have to explore whether any problems could crop up from terminating the siren service contract early.

On April 15, Board member Robert Graham told us it has never been the board's intention to allow the contract to run its full five years.

3 On Your Side has a copy of the contract. It's written to pay out more than $800,000 until the year 2013.

A clause in the contract states, word-for-word: "This agreement will renew, for an additional one year term, on every anniversary of the start date unless either the cover page specifically states a termination date or one party notifies the other in writing of its intention to discontinue the agreement, not less than 30 days of that anniversary date."

The cover page does not state a termination date. It is unclear whether the county has drafted a letter expressing its intention to end the contract.

The clause goes on to state: "At the anniversary date, Airwave may adjust the price of the services to reflect its current rates."

The county paid out $392,610.65 to Airwave between October 15, 2010 and March 4, 2011. 

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