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SECC911 Dead Spot in High Crime Area Costs Taxpayers $17K More to NoBid Racom

Despite millions being invested in our consolidated dispatching equipment and a new uncapped taxing authority... it looks like the coverage of Racom's communication equipment is lacking and we have a dead spot that happens to be in a high crime area in Davenport, Iowa.  

So what's the remedy? Spend more tax payer money of course. 
Racom, who got the no-bid contract for the $7M+ equipment for SECC911, just gets another check to plug this hole. Heaven forbid the SECC911 board and staff would press Racom to fix this problem that should have been anticipated. What other dead spots are there in the coverage area that we taxpayers fund with $500K per year of recurring coverage fees? 

The memo below states that "As the Hillandale area is a high crime rate area it is best that we do not delay in obtaining the equipment." But that is preceded with, "Racom has a responsibility to provide communications coverage to 95% of the County. Since this is a small area with coverage issues, this would be a SECC responsibility to resolve."

So, what circumstances will mean Racom actually fixes something the taxpayers purchased? Who is really running SECC911? Racom?

There's a SECC911 board meeting this Thursday April 7th at 5:30p.m.

Details of the dead spot and Racom's bid to fix it are excerpted from the board agenda packet/memo, below:
Purchase of Bi-Directional Radio Amplifier Equipment Summary 
It has recently come to the attention of SECC that there is a communications dead spot in the City of Davenport at 72nd Street and Hillandale Avenue. The City of Davenport reports that this is a high call volume area. On several occasions since joining on the Racom radio network public safety has been called to the Hillandale area and have had issues communicating both in and out of that location. 
Racom has a responsibility to provide communications coverage to 95% of the County. Since this is a small area with coverage issues, this would be a SECC responsibility to resolve. It has been determined that a Bi-Directional Amplifier (BDA) needs to be installed in that area to increase the radio coverage. 
A quote from Racom has been received to obtain and install the necessary equipment. The total amount for equipment and install is in the amount of $17, 843.40. At this time SECC is working with the City of Davenport at securing a tower to locate the BDA equipment on. As the Hillandale area is a high crime rate area it is best that we do not delay in obtaining the equipment. The time to receive the equipment is 30 days once it is ordered. I am recommending that the SECC Board approve the purchase for the above stated equipment to assist in reducing the time to facilitate a resolution. 
From: http://www.secc911.org/secc/secc_minutes.php?folder=meetings/2011/20110407 >>> http://www.secc911.org/secc/pub/meetings/2011/20110407/20110407_SECC_Packet.pdf

1 comment:

  1. Why was there no bid? Did the county avoid a bid by claiming Racom is a sole source provider? Is there no competition in their industry? Is Scott County doing exactly what other Counties have done? How much will Racom make off this entire project over the next 10 years? How close is Racom to Bi-state and county staff and board members? What is Racom's relationship with the federal government? Who is the sales representative from Racom that worked with Scott County?

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