Delco council spars over $2.1M no-bid deal for 911 services

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From the Delco Times, 12 July 2018

“By a 3-2 vote on party lines, Eddystone-based Radio Communication Services Inc. was awarded a $2.1 million contract to purchase, install and maintain the county’s 911 call center hardware and software for six years. The equipment that will be installed will make the county compatible with state and national Next Generation 911 requirements by moving over to a Motorola-based system. The update will allow text messaging accessibility with the 911 center.

Democratic councilmen Kevin Madden and Brian Zidek voted against the deal and expressed concern with not soliciting bids for the contract through the Request for Proposal process. They also questioned the financial ties of RCS owner Dale Petrovitch to the Republican Party.

According to the Federal Election Commission, Petrovitch donated $17,500 in 2015 and 2016 to the campaigns of Republican lawmakers including U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello, R-6 of West Goshen, Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., former U.S. Rep. Pat Meehan, R-7 of Chadds Ford, and the Trump Victory PAC. Another $13,900 was donated to Costello, Toomey and the Republican Federal Committee of Pennsylvania since January 2017.”