Portland Prepares To Spend $11.7 Million On New Radios
by Jim Ferretti
September 27, 2013
PORTLAND, Ore -- The City of Portland announced September 19th, that it intended to purchase 2,672 new Motorola hand held communication radios at a price of $4,378 each. A grand total of $11.7 Million Dollars for a city that announced a budget shortfall of $16 Million in June.
The purchase is being made as what is known as a sole source purchase, meaning a purchase of a commodity or a service that is non-competitive in price, specifications, or use; "only source".
While it appears companies other than Motorola were not considered for this project, The city's Chief Procurement Officer, Christine Moody tells KXL, the city posted a notice of intent to purchase hand-held and mobile devices from Motorola in order to understand if there are other providers of these same devices.RELM Wireless
, a Florida based company has now filed a protest of the purchase.
Read The Protest
RELM CEO David Storey tells KXL his company has offered to supply the city with equipment that will work for the city the same way as the Motorola Radios they planned to purchase. The difference is the price. Storey says his company has offered the City of Portland a price of $1,500 per radio. The City of Portland could save approximately $7.7 million, or if needed, could field an additional 5,000 radios for the same price the city is being charged by Motorola.
KXL contacted Portland Mayor Charlie Hales by E-Mail. His spokesperson, Dana Hanes responded by saying the Mayor's office was not commenting and we should check with the Bureau of Emergency Communications.
We also reached out to the City's Chief Procurement Officer, Christine Moody for comment: "At this time it wouldn’t be appropriate for me to provide an interview as we are in the middle of the process. I can confirm that our office has received a protest from Relm Wireless and the merits of the protest are under review. The City of Portland posted a notice of intent to purchase hand-held and mobile devices from Motorola in order to understand if there are other providers of these same devices. Since we have heard that this may be an opportunity for other providers to supply the hand-helds, the City will need to take this under consideration. The contracting process will be put on hold until we can respond to Relm about next steps."
RELM CEO David Storey tells KXL he has never made a sale from filing a protest but he feels it's his responsibility to get his company's offer out there so the City of Portland can make the best decision.
We will continue to update this story and the details unfold.