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Wright County begins negotiations for new public safety software
March 24, 2014

By Ivan Raconteur

WRIGHT COUNTY, MN – Wright County Board heard the results of an evaluation process completed by a team organized to evaluate options for the county’s public safety software system during Tuesday’s meeting.

It was noted the board’s current software is at the end of its life and two companies emerged as finalists; Zuercher Technologies and LETG.

The committee recommended Zuercher Technologies as the best fit for the county, with an estimated cost of $796,123 in year one, and an annual maintenance cost of $113,410.

Wright County Information Technology Director Bill Swing said Zuercher provided more of a “turnkey proposal” to address the county’s needs.

The company has been in business for 10 years, and agreed to lock in pricing for Wright County for seven years.

Zuercher contracts with 16 law enforcement agencies in Minnesota, including six counties. Wright County would be the company’s largest client in Minnesota, but Zuercher serves larger clients in other states.

Commissioner Charlie Borrell asked if Zuercher’s system would be able to share information with other law enforcement agencies in the county.

A representative from the company said this would be possible, and the company could provide service to these agencies at a cost that would be significantly less, because they could utilize the county’s servers.

There have been no discussions with those agencies (Howard Lake, Buffalo, and Annandale), but the estimated up-front cost for each of them would be about $3,700, according to a company representative.

Following the presentation, the board authorized staff to begin contract negotiations with Zuercher Technologies.

Odds and ends

In other business, the board:

• approved a recommendation from the building committee to obtain three quotes for moving the assessor’s office to the former sheriff’s administration location.

• approved contributing $1,000 in 2014 and 2015 toward the government relations fund of the Greater Minnesota Parks and Trails Coalition for the purpose of protecting and enhancing the allocation of parks and trails Legacy funding for greater Minnesota.

• approved the appointment of former Wright County Zoning Administrator Tom Salkowski to represent Wright County as a member of the executive board of the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Coalition. This is a volunteer position. Use of a county vehicle will be allowed for meetings outside Wright County.

• heard an update from Borrell regarding a March 13 informational meeting concerning redetermination of benefits for County Ditch 10. The next meeting is expected to take place in June.

• accepted the donation of a trailside shelter in Robert Ney Regional Park by the Wright County Snowmobile Association.

• established March 2, 2015 as the first day camping reservations for Wright County Parks will be accepted in 2015.

• approved a campground host trial program at Schroeder Park.

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