By Cole Parkinson
The Municipal District of Taber and Taber Police Dispatch Services are partnering to cover the cost of an INet server replacement and upgrade.
In a cost-share of $10,000 for the M.D. and $73,000 from the Town of Taber as a capital cost, the project upgrade will be underway in 2019.
“The request for decision is directly related to a reallocation of funds within the regional fire services as the service has provided directly to regional fire. There is some overlap with the CPO (community peace officer) program but we have just felt for simplicity, to work directly with regional fire for this particular request. The request is to reallocate $10,000 within the regional fire services, that is from the operating budget, to be used as transfer to another government which is Taber Police Dispatch Services. That is with the intent of taking part of a cost-sharing opportunity to upgrade and the replacement of the servers of the INet dispatch application,” explained Bryce Surina, director of GIS and IT during M.D. council’s regular meeting on Oct. 30. “They had plans to replace it but some of the options came in and some were a little higher than they anticipated. The options also provided some additional functionality.”
The M.D. of Taber and TPS have had a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in place for dispatch and monitoring services for both the M.D. regional fire and CPO programs.
The agreement is in place to define expectation and requirements of all parties and to set an annual fee for services.
The MOU is reviewed annually by the Taber Chief of Police and the M.D. of Taber director of IT and GIS.
Previously any shared technology licensing and hardware costs have been shared by the municipalities that are being dispatched, over and above the MOU.
“In working really closely with Taber Dispatch, we have a great working relationship, so I would suggest that part of the request is to acknowledge some of the partnering we have done. One of the key pieces to that partnering is some of the business opportunities Taber Police has been able to take part in and that is with respect to some of the private industry security. I want to bring attention to that and some of that business that has been brought on locally here has helped to compliment our partnerships and reduce some of our costs going forward,” added Surina.
Moving into the new year, there will be no additional requirement for funding from the M.D. of Taber specific to NextGen 9-1-1, dispatch service costs will be adjusted in budget to include a basic CPI rate increase, 9-1-1 Program funding will continue to be used by Taber Police Dispatch Service to support continued upgrades related to NextGen 9-1-1 and staffing requirements and no additional cost has been assigned to the additional monitoring service provided to the CPO’s.
“I think the key points brought forward by Bryce make sense and when we’re asked for $10,000 for a project of this value, it increases our value for our emergency services. I don’t know why we wouldn’t,” added Coun. Tamara Miyanaga.
A motion was carried unanimously to approve the reallocation of $10,000 within regional fire service 2019 operating budget from equipment repairs to Taber Police Dispatch Services as a cost-sharing opportunity in replacement and upgrading of server infrastructure that supports shared INet CAD Services.