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Hubbard County buys storage for body cam footage

“Most of this is pushed by MCAPS (Minnesota County Attorney Practice System) and the needs in the attorney’s office in regards to space with a lot of their body cam footage, squad cams from state as well as stuff they transfer over from the law enforcement center,” explained Hubbard County IT director Robb Warne.

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Hubbard County Government Center
Park Rapids Enterprise file photo, March 2020
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Ever-increasing data storage demands for the Hubbard County Sheriff’s Office and county attorney prompted IT Director Robb Warne to recommend the purchase of additional space for their internal network.

At Tuesday’s meeting, county commissioners approved the acquisition of Nexsan E18P System from Byte Speed of Moorhead, costing $44,099.

“Most of this is pushed by MCAPS (Minnesota County Attorney Practice System) and the needs in the attorney’s office in regards to space with a lot of their body cam footage, squad cams from state as well as stuff they transfer over from the law enforcement center,” Warne explained.

With the sheriff office’s launch of body cams, Warne said, “as a county, we’re going to need to invest in a serious amount of space to cover the next five years.”

MCAPS is offering cloud-based storage, anywhere from $600 to $1,000 per month.

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But Warne reported that County Attorney Jonathan Frieden was more comfortable moving toward an on-premise solution.

At Tuesday’s meeting, Hubbard County Sheriff Cory Aukes asked commissioners to accept another quote for replacing two lawn mowers for Sentencing to Service (STS).

The county board originally approved the purchase in November 2021 through Midwest Machinery Company, he explained, but they were unable to acquire the mowers due to manufacturing issues.

Aukes said STS has acquired a quote from Up North Power & Sports to trade in two 2019 John Deere Z930M lawn mowers and one 2018 John Deere 920M lawn mower for three, in-stock 2022 Toro lawn mowers. The cost is $10,414.

In comparison, Aukes said the quote last fall from Midwest Machinery was $7,715 for two mowers, so the county will get more for its trade-ins and the price is cheaper for the three mowers. “Plus, we’re able to do this locally,” he said.

In other business, the board did as follows:

  • Accepted the low bid from Knife River Materials of Bemidji, in the amount of $1,900,384, for highway construction on County 119, County 82 and miscellaneous township roads, contingent upon Nevis and Todd township approvals.
  • Accepted a quote for deer browse protection (bud capping) on 781.6 acres of young pine plantations from Champion Forestry Service of Bemidji at $65.21 per acre.
  • Accepted $150,613 quote from Zeigler CAT of Brainerd for a new backhoe for the county solid waste department.
  • Learned that Jennifer Hadden began a temporary position for elections support on July 26.
  • Renewed an agreement with Pictometry International Corp. for countywide aerial and oblique imagery for 2023-28. The annual cost is $30,888, or a total payment of $185,330.
  • Renewed a three-year agreement with Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. of Redlands, Calif. for providing the county's GIS software licensing. Environmental Services Director Eric Buitenwerf reported such an agreement “is a much more cost-effective way to go versus paying for each software item individually.” The current agreement expires Feb. 28, 2023. The new agreement will run $27,500 per year.
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Shannon Geisen is editor of the Park Rapids Enterprise.
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