Armstrong County commissioners OK one-year contract to monitor 911 system
KITTANNING — One of the final pieces is set to be put in place so that the Armstrong County Department of Public Safety can move into its new Emergency Operations and 911 Center in Rayburn.
During a county commissioners meeting on Thursday, the board approved a one-year, $150,000 contract with Mission Critical Partners Inc., a public safety consulting company that will implement and monitor communications systems and 911 equipment at the new 5,200 square-foot building at the county's Armsdale property along Route 85.
The agreement is pending approval from the county solicitor and is one of the final parts of a $20 million project.
Armstrong officials agreed earlier in the month to be a trustee for Western Pennsylvania County Regional ESInet (WestCORE) which means it will share resources with 11 other counties to replace necessary 911 customer premises equipment (CPE).
Brian Bark, senior vice president with Mission Critical Partners, commended the county for its commitment to public safety.
“We recognize that you made a substantial investment in your public safety infrastructure to improve the operations, the technology, and certainly the facility,” said Bark.
“You're leading among the other counties in the region.”
Commissioner Rich Fink said the agreement with Mission Critical, which will provide constant maintenance of the 911 system. will pay off in the end.
“(The 911 system) does have a lot of moving parts and there's a major investment by taxpayers in that system,” said Fink.
“It's our duty to make sure we operate it efficiently, secure the maintenance and look at all the moving parts of the contracts to make sure we're getting the best bang for our buck.”
A representative with the 911 center said the move from the courthouse annex building in Kittanning is slated to begin next week.
At the Belmont
In other news, sealed bids were opened for the third and final phase of renovations at the Belmont Complex in East Franklin. The lowest of the three construction bids came from Pittsburgh-based Sterling Contracting LLC for $1,875,000. Miller Electric Construction Inc. of Allison Park submitted the lowest of four bids on electrical work at $277,470. Professional Mechanical Sales and Service Inc. of Cheswick submitted the lowest of four bids on mechanical work at $259,588. Kittanning-based Enders Plumbing & Heating Co. submitted the lowest of four bids on plumbing at $373,300.
The matter was tabled pending review and the contracts will be awarded at the next meeting on March 7. Gary Montebell, director of the Belmont Complex, said it is hoped that construction on locker room additions and renovations to the front of the building will be able to start next month and completed by September.
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