All Commissioners present except for William Hensell.
Old Business; Second reading
Bill 2011-09 Change office and program names and Administrative code reference from Mental retardation to Intellectual Disabilities. PASSED all voted to the affirmative.
See email to Commissioners.
Bill 2011-10 Professional agreement for Audit of pension fund Cost 19,000
PASSED all voted to the affirmative.
Bill 2011-11 Professional agreement for Actuarial Services Post Retirement benefit plan for 2010
Cost $15,000. PASSED all voted to the affirmative.
New Business; First reading
Bill 2011-16 Professional agreement with Computer Aid Inc. for a Regional Crime Center.
This was presented by District Attorney Jim Martin and Julia Kocis in a slide presentation in committee. This Professional agreement is for 2.8 million. The total estimated initial cost is projected to be 3.9 Million
Several other Counties may participate in this “Regional Crime Center” on a possible fee basis. So far the County has 1.8 Million toward this project, some of which has come from several Grants. There is an anticipation of an additional grant for 800,000. from another source. I believe that the premise is very good. My concern is that as with most Government projects the costs will escalate and the projected cost of 3.9 Million will be dwarfed by the real and ongoing costs.
As per the District Attorney, presently New York City has a Regional Crime Center for the five boroughs since 2005. The cost of their Crime Center was 10 Million. Presently Philadelphia is in the process of putting in their Crime Center. I don't know their costs. These are large Cities and perhaps we are biting off more then we can chew.
We Shall see.
Bill 2011-18 Professional agreement with Lehigh Carbon Community College for prison inmates to obtain a GED as well as English as a second language training at the prison. I asked Ed Sweeney in committee if there was any increase in cost over last year. He could not give us an answer at this time.
I do have a problem with the fact that this has not went out to bid for several years. Commissioner Roman did question why other Colleges were not given the opportunity to bid on these services.
The cost are as follows.
These are all not to exceed: Adult Basic Education 13,744.00,Education assessment 9,000.00,GED testing and scoring 5.250.00,Supplies,Text and office supplies 2,000.00.