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Armstrong commissioners to study bids for 911 system

| Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

KITTANNING — Five sealed bids were opened on Thursday during the Armstrong County Commissioners' meeting for the replacement of the county's 911 equipment.

According to Randy Brozenick, director of public safety, Armstrong County has agreed to be trustee for Western Pennsylvania County Regional Emergency Services IP Network Services (WestCORE).

Within that group there are 12 counties which have come together to replace 911 customer premises equipment (CPE), said Brozenick.

Frank Matis, public safety consultant with Mission Critical Partners, said the replacement process is a new pilot project which will be eyed very closely by the state.

The process will involve a consolidation and sharing of resources with other counties to save on the initial startup cost and ongoing maintenance of the 911 CPE, said Matis.

The lowest bid came in at $6,850,088.44 from Verizon, of Pittsburgh — which came in close to the bid from Windstream, of Oklahoma, at $6,887,172.98.

The others were from Century Link, of Butler, which bid $8,610,123.47; Intrado, of Colorado, which bid $9,610,391.85; Solacom, of Illinois, which bid $9,989,635.

After the bids were read, the matter was tabled pending technical and budget reviews and recommendations.

In other matters, Commissioners David Battaglia and Richard Fink voted to acknowledge approval on a number of agreements. Commissioner Robert Bower was absent from the meeting.

Commissioners:

• Approved a grant agreement between Armstrong County and County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania to pay for work on hydraulic equipment for $34,000.

• Approved a transfer agreement between Armstrong County and RSSC Architectural for the third phase of work at Belmont Complex for storm sewers and roof drains.

• Approved a contract renewal between Armstrong County and Armstrong County Assistant District Attorneys Cindy L. Calarie, Kathleen Charlton, George R. Kepple and Chase McClister.

• Approved a contract renewal between Armstrong County and Armstrong County Public Defender's Office for attorneys Charles A. Pascal, James H. Wray, Preston T. Younkins, Debra L. Yost and Paula Caruso LaStrapes.

In other business:

• It was announced a listing of offices up for election for the Primary Election to be held May 21 is provided on the county's website and is posted in the Election Office. Petitions and instructions to have a name placed on the ballot for any of the offices will be available Feb. 11.

The first date to circulate and file petitions is Feb. 19 and must be filed no later than March 12. For more information call 724-548-3222.

Brigid Beatty is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-543-1303 or bbeatty@tribweb.com.

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