Commissioners OK tech purchases

By Cecilia Fox -

MIAMI COUNTY — At their meeting Thursday afternoon, the Miami County Commissioners approved several technology purchases and a number of easements.

On behalf of the Communication Center, the commissioners approved the purchase of an additional security camera for the center’s radio equipment building.

According to Communication Center Director Jeff Busch, this camera is important to the safety of the citizens, as the radio equipment building houses the backbone of the 911 system.

The total cost of this purchase is not to exceed $2,615.

The commissioners also approved the purchase of a new laptop for the Communication Center at a cost of $1,440. This computer will be used to program mobile and portable radios as part of the Multi-Agency Radio Communication System (MARCS.)

Other technology purchases included a new digital server for Job and Family Services at a total cost of $7,074, including the server and the installation, as well as 10 new portable digital radios for the Sanitary Engineering Department at a cost of $6,749.

The commissioners also approved the purchase of new work stations for Probation and Court Services on behalf of the Municipal Court. This purchase includes desk units, filing cabinets, delivery and installation, at a total cost not to exceed $36,444.

The commissioners also authorized several easements, including one with the village of West Milton for the installation and operation of an antenna and tower as part of the MARCS project. The lack of an easement for the tower and antenna was the result of an apparent oversight.

Several other highway easements along Covington-Bradford Road, Covington-Gettysburg Road and Rangeline Road, were also approved.

The commissioners also approved a change order for the residential solid waste drop off facility for an additional $8,346. The change order includes additional excavation and paving to widen the driveway, as well as additional materials required to light the canopy area. The revised contract amount is now $501,731.

By Cecilia Fox