Clayton BOC approves police, fire, sheriff's wish lists for new gear, contracts, MOUs

Clayton County firefighters will be getting some new SCBA (Self-Contained Breathing Apparatuses) after the Board of Commissioners approved several requests from CCFES, CCPD and CCSO.

JONESBORO—The Clayton County Board of Commissioners took several public safety actions at its Sept. 3 meeting.

On the agenda was a request titled "Police Department Reorganization." Chief Kevin Roberts told the News the action authorized new job duties for two civilian employees: one to handle paper open records requests, the other to handle digital open records requests for things like 911 calls and bodycam videos.  

• The board approved an annual contract with American Traffic Solutions, Inc., dba Verra Mobility, based in Mesa, Arizona, at the request of the Department of Transportation and Development. The contract will be paid out of the Transportation and Development General Fund and covers automated red light camera enforcement systems. The county will go back to "processing red-light events."

• The BOC voted to use the Minnesota Multistate Contracting Alliance for Pharmacy (MMCAP) Cooperative purchasing contract, located in St. Paul, Minn., at the request of Clayton County Fire and Emergency Services, for medical supplies. The money will come from CCFES' EMS Medical Supplies account.

• CCFES also requested $343,153.92 in self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) gear from Fisher Scientific of Macon. Fisher has a statewide contract and funding would come from the Fire Department Capital Outlay, Other Machinery and Equipment Account.

• The Department of Information Technology asked that a contract for "in building radio distribution" for the Clayton County Police Department be awarded to Verizon Wireless, based in Basking Ridge, N.J.

• CCPD also requested a $91,111.52 robot crime scene model imager and scanner from Faro Technologies, Inc. of Lake Mary, Fla. Funding would come from the Police Department’s Grant Other Machine & Equipment account.

• A budget amendment would give the Clayton County Sheriff's Office an additional $1,692,134 "to cover the cost of medical service, contract fees, and dietary which were paid throughout fiscal year 2019." 

• The BOC also passed two resolutions authorizing the county to enter into two memoranda of understanding (MOUs). One, with the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMA), would allow the county access to the state's Emergency Management Performance Grant portal program and authorizes the chief financial officer, Ramona Bivins, "to amend the budget where necessary to reflect an appropriate revenue source and expense all as may be required by the terms of the MOU." The other, with the Georgia Forestry Commission, would allow CCFES to provide mutual support in case of a fire emergency.

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