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February 12, 2014

Bid questions delay county board vote on ticket program

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.

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