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Council Gets 4 Bids
for CAD System

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County Receives Tax Rates
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GEORGETOWN -- Sussex County has received four bids for its Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) System, according to Joseph L. Thomas, director of the county's emergency operations center.

Thomas told Sussex County Council at its Tuesday, July 18, 2000 meeting, that the four bids ranged from $682,345.20 to $1.5 million. Twenty-six bid requests were sent out.

The low bid came from Logistic Systems Inc., while the high bid was from Printrak International Inc.

The bids contained "extras" that Thomas wanted prices for in the event the county decided to expand the system to include a "tear and run" feature.

The tear and run system print outs the information emergency personnel usually get by telephoning the EOC via a direct telephone line, according to Thomas.

Councilman Lynn Rogers, president of the council and Milton Volunteer Fire Chief, said a ticker tape system similar to this was used in the 1920s.

The bids for the actual system that needs replacing are:

  • Logistic Systems Inc. of Missoula, Montana $458,745
  • Tritech Software Solutions of San Diego, California $754,655
  • IBM Corporation/New World Systems of Berkley Heights, New Jersey $964,107
  • Printrak International, Inc. of Anaheim, California $1,199,426

The information will be turned over to the RCC Consultants and along with Thomas make a recommendation to the council in 30 days after thorough review of the systems, according to Thomas.

The EOC's current system was installed in 1992 and needs to be upgraded, Thomas said.

School Tax Rates Sent

Sussex County School districts have sent their tax rates to the Sussex County Tax department. All tax bills should be sent out by August 10, 2000, according to David Baker, Sussex County Director of Finance.

Sussex County has eight school districts with Indian River having two billing rates. The two rates separate residents from commercial and farming activities in the district. Residents pay a reduced rate with the state paying the difference, according to Baker.

Delmar and Milford school districts lowered their tax rates 1.47 percent and 7.29 percent respectively.

The following school districts increased their taxes: Sussex Tech 7.29 percent; Cape Henlopen 6.19 percent; Seaford 5 percent; Woodbridge 4.71; Indian River residential 3.04 percent and Indian River Regular (commercial and farming) 2.47 percent.

Laurel School District remained the same.

Although the bills will be sent out late, there will not be an extension of time for taxpayers to pay their bills.

In other action, council ...
  • Agreed to give petitions to residents of Plantation Park to establish a sewer district.

  • Announced a public hearing to change street lighting in Harbeson to a more cost-effective High-Pressure Sodium system.

  • Announced a public workshop will be held by the Delaware Department of Transportation (Del DOT) at the Dagsboro Volunteer Fire Company on Monday, July 24, 2000 at 8 p.m. The workshop will deal with the resurfacing and reconstruction of Route 113 from the Delaware Maryland line to north of Dagsboro.

  • Announced the meeting of the Southeastern Regional Planning group on Thursday, July 20, 2000 at 9 a.m. The purpose of the meeting is to assist the county's Planning Department with the new Land Use Plan that is scheduled for completion in October 2002. The towns and surrounding residents of Dagsboro, Frankford, Selbyville, Fenwick, South Bethany, Bethany, Ocean View, Millville and residents of unincorporated areas.

  • Listened to a report on the activities of State Police Troop 4 in Georgetown. In June the officers logged 4,501 hours and made 1,200 traffic arrests including 20 DUIs. Investigated 68 accident reports with 21 involving personal injuries. The troopers made 118 arrests issuing 40 felony charges. In total, the troopers investigated 693 complaints.

  • Approved the opening of four bank accounts for Federal money received through the block grants.

  • Appointed Fenwick Island resident Michelle Roenke to the Sussex County Library Committee.

  • Proclaimed Tuesday, July 18, 2000 Ruth Ellen Miller Day. Miller has been named Small Business Person of the Year. Miller and her father Jack are the co-founders of NoUVIR (new-veer) near Seaford. NoUVIR is a fiber optics company that makes lighting that does not give off Ultra violet or Infra red rays that are harmful to artworks and older documents like the Declaration of Independence.

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