Sarasota News Leader

10/25/2013

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SOFTWARE PITCH REBUFFED The City Commission listens to a presentation. Photo by Norman Schimmel THE CITY COMMISSION PRESSES FOR 'COLLABORATIVE OPPORTUNITIES' WITH OTHER LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES AS IT QUESTIONS A POLICE DEPARTMENT REQUEST By Stan Zimmerman City Editor It looked like an expensive but routine piece of business on the City Commission agenda Monday afternoon, Oct. 21. It sought approval of an $850,000 software license with New World Systems Corp. of Troy, MI. asked city Purchasing Manager Mary Tucker, "Are you aware Collier County is suing the company you've chosen for $1.7 million for non-compliance? Ms. Tucker, did you do any background checks?" But at the insistence of Mayor Shannon Are you aware Collier County is Snyder, it was pulled suing the company you've chosen for $1.7 from the consent million for non-compliance? agenda and put under "New Business" as the Shannon Snyder Mayor last item of discussion City of Sarasota that evening. When it came up, Snyder Snyder then asked why the city was not proposing a system that would work regionally. "We are heading toward a two-county area with 1 million people," said Snyder. "Eight hundred fifty

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