City OKs contract for 911 center equipment

The Grand Junction City Council unanimously agreed Monday night to spend $270,000 with a Colorado company to design and install new furniture and equipment in the new 911 dispatch center.

The city will enter into a contract with Littleton-based Xybix Systems Inc. to design, furnish, install and provide warranty and maintenance support for 22 work stations and furniture in the new center.

A selection committee that reviewed proposals submitted by Xybix and three other companies chose Xybix for several reasons, including the use of a local firm, ProSpace Interiors, to install and maintain the consoles.

City Manager Laurie Kadrich said prior to the meeting that the equipment was scheduled to be replaced in 2014. She said city officials considered moving the equipment in the current 911 center to the new facility and using it for another two years rather than immediately purchasing new equipment.

“But when they looked at the complications in trying to move what we have and then replace it with new equipment later, everything from the electrical systems to the data wires would need to be replaced because our equipment is obsolete and they’re not making it anymore,” she said. “So the decision was made to push forward the replacement schedule.”

The 911 center, along with a new police station, are scheduled to be completed in the 500 block between Ute and Pitkin avenues next April.

In other business, council members:

Amended the city’s outdoor dining lease requirements to increase the amount of sidewalk space maintained for two-way pedestrian traffic from 5 feet to 8 feet. City officials said 5 feet didn’t leave enough room.

Adopted a proclamation making Wednesday “Tilman Bishop Day” in the city. Bishop is a University of Colorado regent and a former 28-year state legislator and Mesa County commissioner.


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