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Info Quick Solutions receives county clerk contract

by Carol Thompson

Following a lengthy and sometimes heated debate, Info Quick Solutions, Inc. was awarded a contract to provide data imaging services to the office of the county clerk.

Despite being the highest priced and receiving the lowest overall rating from a proposal review panel, a majority of Republican legislators supported the company.

For 45 minutes, legislators debated Thursday in the chambers of the Pulaski Court House.

IQS was given the lowest score of the five companies vying for the contract. IQS was given an overall score of 457.25 while Property Info Corp. had the highest score at 649 followed by ACS Systems with a score of 618.25. IMR received a score of 561.25 and New Vision was scored at 516.25.

It was an issue that was referenced several times by legislators who spoke in opposition.

Legislator Jake Mulcahey was the first to speak when the resolution was presented.

He questioned the request for proposal process, followed by the reading of a cost comparison between IQS and the four other bidding companies. He noted that the cost of one map from IQS will cost taxpayers $7 while the top rated vendor would charge 60 cents.

Minority Leader Mike Kunzwiler said the vote came down to the dollars, cents and the facts.

“This process was put in place to protect our taxpayers from exactly what’s happening today,” he said. “Today you put up a company that cost up to $300,000 or more (over the other bidders),” Kunzwiler said. “These are facts that taxpayers should know.”

Kunzwiler said that the IQS was receiving the contract “for pure political reasons.”

He added, “This is not for the taxpayers. There’s no other way you can spin it.”

He urged legislators to do the right thing for the taxpayers.

Republican Majority Leader Jack Proud explained the protocol of the legislature and the role of the seven oversight committees. He noted that the legislature has been 18 months without being able to award a contract.

“What we’re here to decide is which company provides the best processing and the best service,” he said, adding that IQS was more cost effective. “In other words, we want more bang for our buck.”

Legislator Dan Chalifoux said that the contract award has been discussed many times and that the time had come to make a decision. He called the question to end debate and force a vote.

With legislators Kevin Gardner and Morris Sorbello absent, there were not enough Republicans present to secure the two-thirds majority needed and the call to question failed.

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Sorbello to head committee formed to study former jail

by Carol Thompson

Following years of discussion, the Oswego County Legislature has yet to decide what to do with the former jail that sits across the Public Safety Center.

A committee has been formed to discuss the prospects for the ailing facility.

Legislator Morris Sorbello will serve as the chairman and legislators Linda Lockwood and Jake Mulcahey will round out the committee.

“We need to find out about an asbestos study,” Sorbello said, adding that the committee will hopefully conclude what to do with the building.

At one time in recent years, County Administrator Phil Church said there may be an interested developer.

He would not disclose the name of the developer to legislators and nothing more had been said at public meetings after the initial announcement.

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View From The Fourth Floor: April 21, 2012

by Carol Thompson

The Oswego County Legislature met the evening of April 12 and the agenda, although considered to be light, brought about some interesting debate, an audience outburst and some humorous moments.

The meeting was led by Legislator Art Ospelt, who serves as the legislature vice chairman due to the absence of Legislature Chairman Fred Beardsley.  Legislator Jim Oldenburg was also absent.

For the first time in a long time, the minutes of the meeting were not approved. Instead they were tabled.

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Five vendors vie for Oswego County data management contract

by Carol Thompson

Five vendors have submitted proposals in an effort to secure a contract for data imaging for the Oswego County Clerk’s office.

During Wednesday’s meeting of the legislature’s Community and Consumer Affairs Committee, County Administrator Phil Church said that the bids were received Friday and that it had been the most number of proposals ever received in the history of the contract.

He said the next step will be to have a panel of five review the proposals once the names of the vendors have been redacted. He added that the vendors will each receive a confirmation letter that their proposals have been received.

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Democrats seek change in Oswego County Legislature meeting times

by Carol Thompson

A change in the Oswego County Legislature’s Rules and Order of Business led to a discussion about changing the meeting time to provide more public accessibility.

During Thursday’s meeting of the legislature, Legislator Jake Mulcahey brought forth a motion to move the meeting time from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. so that more members of the public can attend.

The discussion surfaced when legislators brought forth a motion to waive the rules to allow for a change in the Rules and Order of Business.

The legislature can only make changes in odd years, hence, the waiver was required.

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Oswego County Legislature approves $200,000 transfer for inmates costs

by Carol Thompson

The Oswego County Legislature voted Thursday to transfer $200,000 to cover the costs of transporting and housing inmates at other county jails.

The additional funding is necessary as the Oswego County Public Safety Center has reached its maximum capacity.

Legislator Jake Mulcahey asked if expansion of the current jail is an option, noting the cost associated with out-of-county housing.

“Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe we have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on this last year also,” he said. “If we are going to keep dumping money into this thing we should look into the jail expansion.”

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