Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Tonight (Tuesday, Jan. 22) Lawrence Township Council will decide whether to privatize police/911 dispatching services by awarding a contract to a Cranbury company or keep the township’s police communications center staffed by municipal employees.
Tuesday, January 22
Tonight (Tuesday, Jan. 22) Lawrence Township Council will decide whether to privatize police/911 emergency dispatching services by awarding a contract to Cranbury-based iXP Corporation or reject iXP’s bid and maintain the status quo of the township’s police communications center being staffed by municipal employees. At the last council meeting, held on Jan. 8, council members decided to follow Township Manager Richard Krawczun’s recommendation that such a decision should be postponed for two weeks to allow the township’s unionized dispatchers to make a counter offer in the hope of saving their jobs. During the meeting, Township Manager Richard Krawczun presented a detailed cost analysis showing that, for the five years from 2013 through …
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Also, Lawrence Township Council approved a new labor contract with police officers. And the executive director of the Ewing-Lawrence Sewerage Authority announced the township's sewer rate will remain unchanged in 2013.
Editor's Note: The following is a preliminary report from the Jan. 8 Lawrence Township Council meeting. A more detailed account, together with full audio from the meeting, will appear on Lawrenceville Patch in the coming days. Lawrence Township council members, during their four-hour meeting last night (Tuesday, Jan. 8), agreed to postpone for two weeks their decision whether to privatize police/911 emergency dispatching services by awarding a contract to Cranbury-based iXP Corporation, or reject iXP’s bid and maintain the existing setup of the township’s police communications center being staffed by municipal employees. The delay will allow the unionized dispatchers to make a counter offer in the hope of saving their jobs. During the …
Friday, January 4, 2013
Lawrence Township is considering whether to privatize police/911 dispatching services. Cranbury-based iXP Corp. was the only company to respond to the township's request for proposals. iXP's offer, opened on Thursday, is for an annual cost of $719,400.
Private companies interested in providing police/911 emergency dispatching services for Lawrence Township had until 11 a.m. yesterday (Thursday, Jan. 3) to submit sealed bids in response to a formal “request for proposals” issued by the township on Dec. 4. When the deadline arrived, Township Manager Richard Krawczun had only one envelope to open. The packet contained a proposal from Cranbury-based iXP Corporation to staff the Lawrence Township Police Department Communications Center for up to five years from April 1, 2013, to March 31, 2018, at an annual cost of $719,400, or $59,950 per month. Krawczun said the proposal will be reviewed for compliance with the bid specifications (a copy of which can be found in the media box to the right) …
Monday, December 10, 2012
Looking to possibly privatize police and 911 emergency dispatching, Lawrence Township has issued a "Request for Proposals” for bids from companies interested in providing such services to the township. Bids are due back on Jan. 3.
Privatization of police and 911 emergency dispatching services in Lawrence Township took a step closer to becoming reality last week when the township administration advertised for bids from companies qualified to provide such services. The formal “Request for Proposals” was published Tuesday, Dec. 4, on the township’s website. Sealed bids are due back to the township municipal building before 11 a.m. on Jan. 3, when they will be opened and publicly read by Township Manager Richard Krawczun. After those bids are read, the township can decided to award a contract to one of the bidders, or reject all bids and stick with the current dispatching services provided by municipal employees. A copy of “Specifications for the Providing of Staffing …
Thursday, November 15, 2012
The president and vice president of the union that represents Lawrence Township's police dispatchers appeared at last week's Lawrence Township Council meeting to urge council not to trust such a vital service like dispatching to an unknown outside vendor.
Concerned about their jobs and those of their coworkers as Lawrence Township considers privatizing police dispatching, the leaders of the dispatchers’ union appeared at the Lawrence Township Council’s meeting last week (Nov. 8) to urge council members not to turn dispatching responsibilities over to a third-party vendor that is unfamiliar with the township. “We’ve been dealing with this for several months now and it’s really put a lot of stress and pressure on all of us wondering, daily, what’s going to happen to us come next year. Can you all just keep in mind every one of us just went through our second hurricane,” said Susan Handelman, union vice president, making reference to Hurricane Sandy two weeks ago and Hurricane Irene last year…