New Lake County commissioners need to hear more about E-911 contracts
By Carrie Napoleon Post-Tribune correspondent January 2, 2013 4:50PM
Mike Repay. | Provided Photo~Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 4, 2013 2:47PM
New Lake County Board of Commissioners member Michael Repay, D-Hammond, would like to hear from the E-911 Commission before the board considers taking action on 2013 contracts for the emergency communications panel.
In the first meeting of the new year the Board of Commissioners on Wednesday deferred a decision on renewing the annual contracts with the panel’s two attorneys and one consultant tasked with maintaining the new 911 center until the Lake County Public Safety Commission has the chance to let commissioners know they approve.
“I’d like to hear from the E-911 Commission. That’s why I ask to see these items removed,” Repay said.
The commissioners deferred action on a contract with JJAM Inc., the consultant tasked with continued maintenance of the new 911 system for the year in an amount not to exceed $85,000 plus expenses incurred for attending not more than two conferences per year. Also deferred was action on the contract with A. Leon Sarkisian in an amount not to exceed $53,000 a year.
A $223,000 annual contract with John Bushemi of Burke, Costanza and Carberry LLP for work with the Sheriff’s Department was approved minus the $15,000 portion for the E-911 Commission.
Bushemi said the E-911 panel would issue its recommendation at its next meeting so the commissioners could consider the contracts at the Jan. 16 meeting.
The E-911 contracts were among a long list of annual contracts slated for approval. All but one contract approved Wednesday was renewed without an increase in rate over 2012.
The contract for the county’s public defenders was the only one to see an increase. Rates for public defenders are set by the state. The hourly billable rate rose from $60 in 2012 to $70 in 2013.