Tompkins County
New York

Jul 20, 2017 3:30 PM

Authorizing an Appropriation of $20,500 from the Contingent Fund to Implement a Mass Notification System in Tompkins County


Department:County AdministrationSponsors:
Category:Public Safety


  1. Swift911 Background - DJC (This file has not yet been converted to a viewable format)

Resolution/Document Body

WHEREAS, Tompkins County and local governments within it have occasional, but critical, needs to notify the public about issues of timely importance, and


WHEREAS, the County and other local governments within the County now lack a single means to efficiently and accurately address those needs in a way that ensures all members of the public who need to be, or would like to be, are informed of important governmental matters that may affect them, and 


WHEREAS, mass notification systems now exist that can provide immediate and consistent communication to the general public for matters of general concern or interest, and to specific individuals who have asked to be notified of specific matters or events, and


WHEREAS, such mass-notification systems enable messages to be sent to the public via phone, text message, email, fax, and social media, and


WHEREAS, recognizing the benefit of such mass notification systems, Tompkins County has participated with the City of Ithaca in evaluating four such systems and both parties have concluded that the Swift911 system, a product of the SwiftReach Company of Mahwah, New Jersey, is the superior system, and


WHEREAS, there are significant economic and operational benefits that result from Tompkins County assuming responsibility for the acquisition and hosting of the system as a shared service, particularly the ability of a countywide system to enable every municipal jurisdiction within the County to implement, without cost, its own unique applications that are appropriate to the community, and  


WHEREAS, the Swift911 system will be managed by the Emergency Communications (911) Center within County’s Department of Emergency Response (DOER), and


WHEREAS, there will be an annual licensing fee for the Swift911 system that will be borne by the County and that should therefore be added to the DOER target budget, now therefore be it


RESOLVED, on recommendation of the Public Safety and the Budget, Capital, and Personnel Committees, That the County Administrator is authorized to negotiate and enter into a three-year contract with SwiftReach for the Swift911 system,


RESOLVED, further, That the target budget for the Department of Emergency Response shall be increased by $20,000 to allow the mass-notification system to be sustained in the future,


RESOLVED, further, That the Director of Finance be and hereby is directed to make the following budget appropriation:

FROM                            A1990.54400              Contingent Fund                                                                      $20,500

TO:                            A3411.54425              Emergency Communications-Service Contracts                            $20,500




Meeting History

Jul 10, 2017 4:00 PM  Budget, Capital and Personnel Committee Regular Meeting
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MOVER:Glenn Morey, Member
SECONDER:Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, Member
AYES:James Dennis, Michael Sigler, Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, Glenn Morey, Daniel Klein
Jul 20, 2017 3:30 PM  Public Safety Committee Regular Meeting
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MOVER:Martha Robertson, Member
SECONDER:Peter Stein, Vice Chair
AYES:Rich John, Peter Stein, Martha Robertson
EXCUSED:James Dennis, Anna Kelles