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Lake County taking close look at E-911 consultants

Updated: February 19, 2013 2:07PM



CROWN POINT — The board charged with overseeing consolidation of the county’s 911 call centers will review professional contracts in a special meeting Thursday with a close eye on those for the project’s two consulting firms.

The Lake County Board of Commissioners on Wednesday approved two requests, one seeking requests for qualifications for a communications system for the center and a second seeking requests for qualifications for oversight of the new 911 center’s design, bid process and construction.

Commissioner Gerry Scheub, D-Crown Point, the board’s representative on the Lake County Public Safety Communications Committee, said there are at least two contracts the members of the so-called E-911 committee are not completely satisfied.

“We’re seeing if others might be interested,” Scheub said.

Following the commissioners’ meeting, Scheub said the E-911 committee feels it has spent the past year trying to put everything together for the consolidated call center and isn’t satisfied with the progress. Scheub said in December the E-911 committee had to toss out the request for proposal for the consolidated center and equipment because would-be bidders called to say the proposal was too vague and placed too much liability on the contractors. He said questions still linger about the cost of the center.

In particular Scheub said the panel will review the contracts with Joe Mrak of RQAW Consulting Engineers and Architects and project manager Les Miller with IYP Solutions. The board will also consider its contracts with the E-911 executive director Jeff Cicilian, human resources consultant Tom Dabertin and attorney John Bushemi.

“We feel we needed to find out more … and have some other companies come in and give us their qualifications,” Scheub said.



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