Maintenance on 911 center generator OK’d

Bartholomew County has approved a maintenance agreement for a generator located at its 911 Emergency Operations Center.

The Bartholomew County commissioners on Monday unanimously agreed to approve a three-year contract with Cummins Crosspoint for $5,258. The renewal of the contract occurs every three years, said Todd Noblitt, director of the Bartholomew County 911 Emergency Operations Center.

Under the third year of the agreement, a generator battery will be swapped out, Noblitt said. Commissioners also approved a county bridge inspection contract on Monday with the Indiana Department of Transportation.

Commissioner Larry Kleinhenz said the agreement with INDOT ties in with a contract approved by commissioners last week with United Consulting for $535,343 to perform county bridge inspections.

United Consulting will be inspecting all of Bartholomew County’s 203 bridges starting in the middle of the summer, said Dave Richter, United Consulting president, in an earlier interview. The company will also evaluate the bridges’ structure and superstructure while making a determination whether there is any evidence of scour on the bridges, he said.

Of the contract amount with United Consulting, the county will be reimbursed 80 percent by the federal government. The INDOT contract was necessary since federal money that will be reimbursed to the county will be funneled through the state, Kleinhenz said.

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