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Sparks, Reno collaborate on dispatch, record management
by Garrett E. Valenzuela
Sep 09, 2013 | 1450 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Sparks City Council took advantage of an opportunity to partner with the City of Reno, which was just awarded a sub-grant from the Nevada Department of Public Safety, Office of Criminal Justice Assistance for $797,868 to purchase, install and maintain its Tiburon data-collection system.

Sparks Police Chief Brian Allen said the City of Sparks was offered to join the existing Tiburon data collection system, which is currently being used by City of Reno, Washoe County, Carson City, the Nevada System of Higher Education and the Truckee Meadows Community College. Allen said City of Sparks could enter the agreement and use the service for only the costs of initial licensing and City of Sparks’ specific training and program services. Allen said an entirely new system for the City of Sparks is estimated at $1.2 million.

The cost to use the Tiburon system with the City of Reno will be $68,975 for licensing and software, $152,988 for services and training and yearly maintenance costs of $27,007. Access to all participating agencies records and the ability to split the costs over two fiscal years are a couple benefits to the Tiburon system. Allen said the yearly maintenance costs are lower than the current West Covina Group system.

In the past, the City of Sparks, through the Sparks Police Department, maintained Computer Aided Dispatch and Records Management System (CAD/RMS) through the West Covina Group, according to Allen, which made the agency the only non-California client for West Covina Group. Allen said the Tiburon system will better fit the needs of the City of Sparks.

“The useful life of the West Covina Group CAD/RMS has reached its limit,” Allen said. “The upgraded Tiburon data collection system will meet both the Police and Fire department’s needs, plus provide additional capabilities in the future.

“By utilizing the Tiburon data collection system, the region would function under one system while maintaining each agency’s individuality. This will allow for a redundant system if one of the regions Public Safety Answering Points (PSAP) fails.”

Allen said the Fiscal Year 2014 funds will come from “potential underspend from the Police Department in salary and benefits” or may need to use City contingency funds.” Fiscal Year 2015 costs will be built into the that year’s budget.

The Sparks City Council also approved $99,876 for the C Street Parking Garage Lighting Retrofit Project to Have Lights Will Travel, an electrical service company based in Sparks. According to a report from the City of Sparks, a 2012 project replaced 166 high-pressure sodium lighting fixtures with 123 LED lighting fixtures on the interior of the Victorian Square Parking Garage. The City of Sparks’ success in the project, which has saved $16,281 in power expenses in the last 11 months, pushed the new retrofit forward after City engineers estimated $150,000 for its entirety.

“The C Street garage lighting currently consists of 192 high-pressure sodium lighting fixtures,” said John Martini, Assistant Community Services Director for City of Sparks. “This project will replace those lighting fixtures with 105 high-efficiency LED lighting fixtures utilizing high-low operation, dimming, integrated occupancy and day-lighting sensors.

“The Victorian Square garage roof lighting currently consists of 10 high-pressure sodium lighting fixtures. This project will replace those lighting fixtures with 10 high-efficiency LED lighting fixtures utilizing high-low operation, dimming, integrated occupancy and day-lighting sensors.”
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