County Supervisors approve Miami dispatch agreement, flood mitigation contract

David Sowders/Arizona Silver Belt Ice House Canyon Wash is the site of one of four Gila County flood mitigation projects currently under design.

During their first meeting of 2022, on January 4, the Gila County Board of Supervisors approved an agreement to provide dispatch services to Miami, a contract for flood mitigation designs and measures to strengthen the public health workforce.

Under an intergovernmental agreement previously approved by Miami’s Town Council, the Sheriff’s Office will provide the Miami Police Department with dispatch services for $53,843 a year, from Jan. 1, 2022 through Dec. 31, 2024. The agreement can be renewed for three additional one-year periods, and includes 24/7 dispatching, telephone answering, 911 dispatch services and paging services as well as logging all communication from the Miami Police  Department. The county will also receive and record Miami’s warrant information and keep the records.

The board also approved use of a $756,172 state procurement contract with JE Fuller Hydrology & Geomorphology, Inc. to complete designs and develop bid documents for four high-priority flood mitigation  projects in the Telegraph Fire burn scar. Those projects, which have been approved for funding through the Natural Resources Conservation Service Emergency Watershed Protection program, are: Russell Gulch near Cobre Valley Regional Medical Center; Bloody Tanks Wash running through Miami; Ice House Canyon Wash upstream and downstream from the Albany Drive bridge; and Six Shooter Canyon upstream and downstream of the concrete box culvert.

With funding from the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management (DFFM), JE Fuller has developed 15% plans for the projects. The newly approved contract will allow them to continue working on the final design packages needed before construction can start. The county has requested that DFFM also finance those packages.

An amendment to a second intergovernmental agreement, with the Arizona Department of Health Services, will bring $622,201 in funding to enhance the county’s public health emergency preparedness activities by including workforce development from July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2023.

To assist with workforce expansion and training over those two years, Wowza LLC, of Miami, will work with Gila County Health and Emergency Management with as a sub-grantee for project management services. Wowza was the sole competitive bidder in reply to a county request for proposals, submitting a bid of $750,000, and was awarded the contract by the Board.

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