Hobart OKs $632K radio lease agreement
By Karen Caffarini Post-Tribune correspondent August 21, 2014 10:46AM
Updated: September 26, 2014 12:56PM
HOBART — The Board of Public Works and Safety has approved the purchase of radios, equipment and accessories needed for the county-wide E 911 consolidation for a total cost of $632,000 under a lease agreement.
“We arrived at numbers we can work with,” Mayor Brian Snedecor said Wednesday.
The state required consolidation of all public safety call and dispatch services, with no more than two dispatch services per county.
As a result, the city needed to purchase new radios and equipment to coordinate with the county’s system. The board chose ones by Motorola Systems, which were recommended by a committee.
In other matters, an attorney for the estate of Edborn Estrom, which includes a former jewelry store and house at 512 4th St., said the estate is insolvent and unable to pay the cost to raze the property, which the city has deemed to be unsafe.
“A building and small house are all there is to the estate,” the attorney said.
He said the estate has been open since 2007 and is still pending and the Internal Revenue Service has a lien on the property. He said he’s seen no formal offers to purchase them.
The attorney did say, however, that he would be willing to secure the property.
Snedecor said there’s concern for public safety regarding the front sidewalk.
City Attorney Anthony DeBonis said Building Official Mike Hannigan needs to specify in writing what needs to be done to secure the properties. Hannigan will report back to the board at its Oct. 17 meeting.
Don Froman, of 418 Liverpool Road, was granted his request for an appeal of stormwater permit requirements, contingent upon automatic revocation if water begins to leave his site.
The board’s action was based upon the recommendation of City Engineer Phillip Gralik.
Gralik said none of the water from Froman’s property, which Froman said is bermed in, currently enters into the city’s stormwater drainage.
“I estimate it would take 12 inches of rainfall on saturated ground before water would leave Froman’s property,” Gralik said.
Froman said his goal is to build a lake on his property.