City Council authorizes sole purchase with Wayne County Jail

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DEARBORN — City Council members authorized a sole source purchase with Wayne County for about $220,000 during the City Council meeting March 27.

The purchase is for prisoner housing at Wayne County Jail.

Council President Thomas Tafelski said it is for short-term sentencing in Dearborn.

Also during the meeting council members Suzanne Sareini and Mark Shooshanian (who was absent during the meeting) issued a purchase order to the Calhoun County Office of the Sheriff for about $395,000 for sentenced prisoner housing and transportation at Calhoun County.

Tafelski said the purchase order is for Dearborn’s 19th District Courts prisoner misdemeanor sentences, when the prisoners are sent over to Calhoun County.

Another resolution was made by Council members David Bazzy and Shooshanian who awarded a contract to Cynergy Wireless for $128,144. The total amount is split up for $34,000 for the 2012 fiscal year and $94,144 for the 2013 fiscal year for vehicle conversions.

Tafelski said the item came from the Police Department for vehicles that are not equipped with all the current electronics but they can be used in another format. The contract will be financed from the Drug Law Enforcement Fund, Federal Forfeiture Account with purchases made after June 30, 2012 based on the 2013 fiscal year budget.

Contracts were also awarded to Bob Myers Excavating Inc. for $158,970 for utilities for Camp Dearborn rustic cabins, a section of the family-oriented recreational facility owned and operated by Dearborn, located in Milford. The Council also authorized an appropriation of Camp Dearborn Operating Fund for $16,000 to Rustic Amish Style Cabins to complete the financing for the project.

The camp will break ground mid- summer this year for eight modern resort-style cabins with features such as an indoor bathroom.

The camp currently offers amenities for outdoor activity from a half-mile swimming beach, fishing, paddle boat rentals, hay rides to mini golf. Camp offices expect to start taking cabin reservations May 1.

Tafelski said the new resort-style cabins are a good idea. “We think that it will bring Camp Dearborn to the next level of camping,” Tafelski said.

Council members also granted permission to the West Dearborn Downtown Development Authority to conduct the West Dearborn Block Party from 5 to 11 p.m.May 18.

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