Estimates board approves computers, furniture for sheriff's precinct

Computer software and furniture were among the items the county was given the OK to buy for the new Harford County Sheriff's Office southern precinct.

Several contracts for equipment and supplies for the new precinct, under construction at 1305 Pulaski Highway in Joppa, were among those awarded at the Harford County Board of Estimates meeting Thursday morning.

The board awarded $118,528.61 to Eplus Technology Inc. for 85 desktop computers, monitors, speaker bars and antivirus software, according to Capt. Dan Galbraith, of the Harford County Sheriff's Office.

Estimates members also voted to award contracts for $63,155.85 to CAS Severn Inc. for an IBM storage system for recovery in case of a disaster; $165,450.42 to American Design Associates Inc. to supply furniture for 46 areas, with more than 72 work spaces; and $221,750.21 to Core BTS Inc. for a combined voice and messaging communications system for up to 150 people.

The new southern precinct, Galbraith added, will feature a two-story, 32,000-square-foot office and a 10,000-square-foot garage.

Other contracts approved include $193,444 to Eplus Technology Inc. for a renewal of outsourced management of network operations costs; $96,978.85 annually to Garden State Highway Products Inc. to provide and post traffic signs for use on Harford County roads; and a $40,000 change order to Turf & Dirt Inc. to purchase more baseball diamond mix because recent inclement weather depleted the county's supply.

The board also approved a $15,800 change order to a contract with Northeast Engineering Inc. to change the design of the foundation system for Bridge 145 on Macton Road over a Broad Creek tributary. This brings the total contract to $143,700.

One item was pulled from the list of contracts, a $955,400.04 award to Motorola Inc. for annual maintenance of the 800 MHz wireless system of network equipment, mobile data equipment, 10 tower sites and dispatch consoles, as well as 24-hour monitoring and preventative work.

Board members did not vote on that contract.

Following the regular meeting, the Board of Estimates went into a closed session to discuss temporary construction easements relating to road projects.

Members Warren Hamilton and Robert Cooper were not at Thursday's meeting.

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