Sparks City Council Meeting 5/26/2015 2:00:00 PMTuesday, May 26, 2015 2:00 PM
Council Chambers, Legislative Bldg, 745 4th St., Sparks
General Business: 9.2
A Business Impact Statement is not required because this is not a rule.
The Sparks Police Department requested and received funding from the 911 Emergency Response Advisory Committee for a Geographic Technology Specialist specifically to address City of Sparks GIS needs with the implementation of the Tri-Tech CAD/RMS system and upgrades for police and fire. Based on salary and benefit estimates, funding is up to and should not exceed $79,219.00. The Sparks Police Department is requesting the acceptance of the funding through the 911 Emergency Response Advisory Committee.
The Sparks Police Department has signed a contract with Tiburon Inc. (now Tri-Tech) to provide the City with the same dispatch CAD/RMS system that is currently in use by the City of Reno and Washoe County. This move to a different CAD/RMS system has required the City of Sparks to build a set of GIS data that is required by Tri-Tech, not only for City of Sparks use, but as a part of the regional effort with the City of Reno and Washoe County. This GIS Information is primarily utilized for the accurate dispatching of Police. Fire and EMS services within the City of Sparks. The complexity involved in creating this data requires significant training and skill sets that are beyond the current staff of the Police Department.
This position would support the regional E911 dispatch system , provide for direct assistance with the Sparks Communications Center and support the Fire Department's mapping capabilities.
This funding is for one year. The 911 Emergency Response Advisory Committee would have to reallocate the funds annually, the City could fund this position out of the General Fund or the position may be eliminated next FY. This position was a new needs request from the Police Department this FY; however, was not one of the Manager's recommendations.
The City of Sparks has historically provided GIS services to the Police and Fire Departments through the Community Services Division. Due to the funding source and workload of the City's GIS personnel, additional assistance for the Police and Fire Departments have not been able to reach the full needs of the Departments.
By adding a full-time GIS Specialist, the proper amount of dedication and resource allocation can be made to provide for the public safety needs of the City.
Police Department personnel has worked with City Financial Services staff and determined that the funding level requested and approved by the 911 Emergency Response Advisory Committee will cover the wages and benefits of this position. If for some unforeseen reason, the costs are above the approved amount, the City of Sparks would be responsible for the overage.
The City Council may chose not to accept the funding from the 911 Emergency Response Advisory Committee.
I move to accept the funding of a Geographic Technology Specialist I/II - GIS for Police and Fire Services from the 911 Emergency Response Advisory Committee not to exceed $79,219.00.