City council paves way for new public safety software, Main Street project

By Rachel Snyder | Sand Springs Leader

The Sand Springs City Council Monday approved authorizing Mayor Mike Burdge to sign documents required to acquire new public safety software, including a computer-aided dispatch system, a records management system, mobile computing systems and more.

The contract for the new software with Spillman Technologies Inc. is for $293,177, which is part of the GO bond funding that voters approved in 2017. The software will reportedly replace public safety software that’s been in place for more than 15 years.

“(Public safety employees) are thankful to our citizens for providing these products for us because it’s going to allow us to do our jobs more effectively,” Sand Springs Police Chief Mike Carter said.

Carter said one of the customizations the police department will have as part of the software upgrades will be the ability to interface with the Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office for electronic case submission.

“We are going to be, I think, one of the first police departments in the metro area to interface with the Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office for electronic case submissions, which will mean our detectives will spend more time working on cases and less time running to downtown Tulsa to take cases in,” he said.

Carter said they will get new computers for the police cars and fire trucks as well as new servers and equipment for the station. Additional upgrades will include automatic vehicle location, upgrades to jail management, property and evidence and related modules, interfaces and services, according to a report.

In other news:

The city council approved a resolution to allow the city to enter into a supplemental agreement for the Main Street improvement project.

The city entered into a project agreement with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) in November of 2013 regarding construction work on Main Street, according to a report.

The planned improvements include reconstructing Main Street from 1st Street to Morrow Road, extending the roadway to the west connecting with Highway 97, installing traffic signals at the new connection of Main Street and Highway 97, constructing an expressway frontage road from Main Street to the existing Lincoln Avenue on-ramp and installing a storm sewer system, a report states.

The final engineering estimate of cost triggered the need for a supplemental agreement and ODOT submitted an invoice for the city’s 20 percent of the estimated construction cost, according to a report.

ODOT has scheduled the project to bid in July and award in early August.

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