(Photo by Tim Jaynes, Staff)
City Council members awarded the bid for a surveillance camera system and installation to Hi-Tech Communications in Sikeston during their special meeting Wednesday.
Hi-Tech's bid of $128,191.23 was not the lowest of the three bids, but was determined to be the best bid by the city's bid committee based on the maintenance response times and warranties as listed in the bid packets, according to Capt. Dan Armour. "They can be here in one hour," he said.
ESI offered a system and installation for $123,000.
Mayor Mike Marshall said council members depend on research conducted by the bid committee to help them make their decision. "Their recommendation carries a lot of weight," he said.
"The lowest price is not always the best," said Councilman Jim Terrell.
Adding in $61,800 in costs to be incurred by the Board of Municipal Utilities for the system's installation and subtracting out $50,000 for a school grant, $69,995 from the Sikeston Housing Authority and $10,000 in Homeland Security funds, the city's share including required matching funds should be about $72,496.23, according to City Manager Doug Friend.
The system, which includes both wireless and hard-wired cameras, will consist of eight cameras at Sikeston schools; five for the Sikeston Housing Authority; and seven for the city.
Twelve more cameras can be added to the system without any additional major hardware, according to the vendor.
Armour said the cameras are another tool in the public safety toolbox which will help DPS make Sikeston even safer.
In other business Wednesday, a bill authorizing the mayor and city clerk to execute a deed of sale for 10 acres at $3,000 per acre at the Sikeston Business, Education and Technology Park to Construction Trailer Specialists, Inc. was read for the first time. A second reading and action on this bill are slated for June 27.
CTS will use the land to expand their operation.
Chuck Leible, city counselor, said the company has 24 months to take initial steps in the construction and 48 months to complete their project.