DANVILLE — A contract for a five-year project with the Vermilion County Circuit Clerk’s Office was deleted from county board’s business Tuesday following concerns regarding the bid process.
Board members were scheduled to vote on a $99,570 contract with Advanced Public Safety of Deerfield Beach, Fla., calling for the programming, set up, updates and maintenance of a new program computerizing the traffic ticket process for all law enforcement in Vermilion County.
The item, however, was stricken from the agenda at the beginning of the meeting.
Board chairman Gary Weinard explained following the meeting that information had come to the county’s attention Tuesday afternoon that Advanced Public Safety might not be on the only potential vendor to supply the county with the program services.
The contract for the program had moved through the county’s finance committee last week based on the understanding the company was the only available vendor.
Given the new information, Weinard said it was “prudent” by the county to remove the item from the agenda until additional research would be conducted by the county to determine the situation.
Through the program, officers ranging from city police and county deputies to township officers, state police and even conservation officers would be able to hand out traffic tickets using the already existing computer systems in their squad cars.
In a related note, the board voted to amend the county’s bidding process to allow for sole-source contracts.
The change, which now mirrors the Illinois County Code, allows the county to contract for unique equipment and services without bidding out if there is only one vendor that can provide the services.
Five board members voted against the measure.
Currently, the county requires contracts to be bid out to potential vendors for services over $30,000 and data processing over $35,000.
Also at Tuesday’s meeting:
A proposed committee to set the minimum bid price for county farmland being put up for sale this month was altered by board members.
The ordinance resolution proposed called for the John Alexander, finance committee chairman; Rick Knight, property committee chairman; and Mike Marron, vice chairman for the county board, to attend the auction and determine if an acceptable price had been reached by bidding.
Jim McMahon of District 9 requested the committee of three be more bipartisan and asked that someone who voted against auctioning the land be added to the committee. The board voted Mike Dodge of District 7 to the committee.
Board members approved in November the sale of around 120 acres of land neighboring the former county nursing home on Catlin-Tilton Road. It is estimated the land could sell at anywhere between $1.25 and $1.5 million, with the funds going toward of a number of maintenance projects on county buildings — including the Vermilion County Courthouse, the Courthouse Annex and Emergency Management Agency building, among others — that have been pushed back in recent years.
Board members voted to update the county’s liquor ordinance, allowing for multi-day events up to 15 days. The change brings the county in line with state codes.