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Two Companies Bid on Knox Emergency System Analysis

Newspaper article News Sentinel

Two Companies Bid on Knox Emergency System Analysis

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Two companies are vying for the task of helping officials decide whether Knox County is better served to buy its own $8.9 million emergency radio system or to join a consortium of other agencies in an existing regional system.

Knox County purchasing officials on Wednesday opened the request for qualification submissions from the companies. A four-member evaluation committee will grade the submissions in a week or so, said Hugh Holt, director of Knox County purchasing.

Holt said Engineering Associates Inc. of Alpharetta, Ga., and Tusa Consulting Services of Decatur, Ga., made the 2 p.m. Wednesday deadline for the submissions.

The evaluation committee composed of Holt, Knoxville purchasing officer Boyce Evans, Knox County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Sonny Martin and Colin Ickes of the Knoxville-Knox County Emergency Management Agency will meet today to get copies of the submissions and their duties on grading the companies, Holt said.

The committee will grade the companies on general qualifications, qualifications of the personnel assigned to the project, radio system consulting experience and methodology, and the approach used to compare the options of buying a system or joining an existing system.

Holt said he expects the committee members to take a week or less to evaluate the two submissions. The committee will get together and reach agreement on the best provider and then open that company's proposed costs submission. …

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