Commissioners approve tech upgrades

By Sam Wildow - Miami Valley Today

MIAMI COUNTY — The Board of Miami County Commissioners approved the replacement of outdated technology equipment during their meeting on Tuesday.

The county is seeking to replace networking equipment and cabling in county departments in order to upgrade that equipment to modern standards and replace any worn out equipment. On Tuesday, the commissioners approved a purchase from MNJ Technologies for the purchase of new networking equipment, including Cisco network switches, media modules, and related equipment, on behalf of the Miami County Auditor and IT Department. The cost is not to exceed $229,585, which Matt Watkins from the IT Department noted was approximately $96,721 lower than the state term pricing. The staff report noted that, during the evaluations and planning for the telephone system project, they identified “a large number of infrastructure that was approaching end of usable life and posed a risk for failure.” The switches and related equipment in this purchase will be necessary for implementing the voice over IP telephone systems and will be more resilient to cyber threats.

In relation with that, the commissioners also opened the bids for the county’s cabling upgrade during their meeting, with Garber Electrical Contractors submitting the lowest base bid of $370,465. The other bids included Turnkey Technology with a base bid of approximately $419,201 and Crossbow Systems with a base bid of $645,660. The estimated cost for the cabling upgrades was $475,000. The project was not awarded yet, but is pending further review from staff recommendations.

In other news:

The commissioners approved the purchase of a Superior (Road) Broom from Southeastern Equipment Company of Monroe, which was under the Ohio Department of Transportation Cooperative Purchasing Program. The cost is not the exceed $65,762. Miami County Engineer Paul Huleskamp said the department was planning to make this purchase next year, but a number of projects came in under budget, so they decided to make the purchase this year before the cost went up next year.

Later on, the commissioners also supported the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission (MVRPC)’s application to the U.S. Economic Development Administration for funds to advance the regional disaster recovery due to the May 27 tornadoes. MVRPC is seeking a grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration to fund a full-time local disaster recovery manager to serve all impacted counties. MVRPC is not seeking a local match from Miami County for this grant application.

The commissioners then authorized the purchase of excess workers’ compensation insurance through Midwest Employers Casualty Company, with the broker being Landmark Insurance Agency, at a cost of $70,990. The policy is in conjunction with the county’s self-insured status.

By Sam Wildow

Miami Valley Today

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