Commission accepts 911 equipment bid

PARKERSBURG – Wood County commissioners approved purchase of new 911 computer-aided dispatch equipment for the Central Telecommunications Center.

The joint bid totaling $382,612 from Tiburon of California for software and Intrado of Colorado for phone system upgrades was chosen on recommendation of 911 Director Randy Lowe.

In a letter to the commission, Lowe noted the bid was the least expensive of all those submitted and the center already works with the two firms. Funds to pay for the new system will be paid out of the 911 budget. Lowe said, as it stands now, Tiburon/Intrado is projecting a June installation date.

The other bids opened last week were from: Southern Software/Emergency CallWorks of $554,913 and Emergency CallWorks separate bid of $408,055.

The CAD system now at the Core Road 911 center is about six years old.

“Our current system is outdated and we are experiencing frequent hardware issues. As a mission critical facility, it is imperative that we move forward with this purchase,” Lowe said in his recommendation letter to commissioners. “We already have a strong working relationship with Tiburon/Intrado, their yearly maintenance costs are approximately $21,000 cheaper than the other bidders, and they have an excellent reputation in the public safety realm.”

The 911 director said the new system would save supplies and manpower.

Interact already provides service to 22 West Virginia counties. Tiburon is CAD vendor and coordinators with Intrado, the phone vendor being used now at the local 911 center. Lowe said the center now has 15 positions and had seven back in 2007.

In other business, commissioners were notified their request to acquire, by lease or sale, the right-of-way adjacent to U.S. 50 with abandoned County Road 9/22 has been tentatively approved based on the stipulation the access to 50 will be removed by the West Virginia Department of HIghways and a permanent fence will be installed.

“No ingress or egress now or in the future will be permitted along the control access of U.S. 50, according to a letter from Lyn Westbrook at the DOH to the county commission.

DOH officials said the deed will be prepared by that agency and will contain a reversionary clause that states should the area cease to be used for public purposes, the right of way will revert back to the DOH.

The DOH asked for confirmation to proceed. The commissioners asked county administrator Marty Seufer to notify the DOH to move forward with the land transfer.

Back in December, Bob Tebay and Bob Enoch, members of the Fort Boreman Park advisory board, recommended the commissioners look into leasing the property owned by the DOH off U.S. 50 for park-related activities.

“We are asking the commission to look into a minimal lease agreement with the DOH for the old Shrine road property that goes up the hill to the trail into the park. It’s about 300 feet off Corridor D, it’s owned by the DOH and is gated off. About 220 feet up the road is the county’s property, the other portion is owned by Marmac,” Tebay said during the December meeting with commissioners. At one time, the local Shrine club owned Fort Boreman Hill and had installed a paved roadway up to what is now the park area. There was a hall up there where the Shrine sponsored activities including dances. The board members proposed the property could be utilized as a remote mobilization area when there are events, or as a possible camp site for Civil War reenactments.