The Miami County commissioners approved spending more than $140,000 for replacement servers and related hardware and software for the county Communication Center public safety system.
The system would allow the center to resume dispatch of public safety agencies within 10 to 15 minutes of a primary server failure versus today when it could be down for days, Matt Watkins, county information technology director, said Jan. 31.
The commission was told the equipment would replace servers nearing the end of their useful life and provide system redundancy.
The commission agreed to the purchase from Avalon Technologies Inc. for up to $141,468. They also agreed to pay $7,218 for VMWare needed to use the new servers and up to $3,698 for Microsoft Windows Server 2016 standard licenses.
The system would allow near real-time replication of data compared to today’s once every 24 hours and allow the county to have a second server at the alternate dispatch center.
In other business last week, the commissioners set Feb. 28 as the date to open bids for the resurfacing of County Road 25A from Troy to Piqua,
- - Approved the new full-time position of building and electrical inspector 1 for the county Department of Development to handle responsibilities in Shelby and Auglaize counties. The Miami County department handles inspection responsibilities in those counties under contracts. The position will pay $23.98 to $26.38 per hour, depending on qualifications.
- - Agreed to buy membership in the National Association of Counties at a cost of around $2,000 a year. Commission President Jack Evans said the county dropped membership in the organization several years ago due to tight finances.
The commissioners also heard a report on energy savings as a result of HVAC system projects at the county Courthouse and Safety Building and Hobart Center for County Government.
Chris Johnson, county director of operations and facilities. reported the savings on electric and natural gas combined was 23 percent during the past year.
The government center project was done in 2012 while the Courthouse and Safety Building project was in 2015. The biggest savings were seen at the government center compared to the Courthouse and Safety Building, Johnson said, mostly due to the age of the 1880s Courthouse.
“It is still a significant savings when you look at the consumption,” Johnson said.