On Monday Charlotte City Council unanimously approved a $250,000 contact to Mine Safety Appliances for the purchase of a SafeSite hazmat monitoring system.
As well as a contract for $300,000 to Hackney Emergency Vehicles for a hazmat response unit and a contract worth $150,000 to Incident Communications Solutions for the purchase of AgileMesh cameras and associated accessories.
The Charlotte Observer has quoted CFD and CMPD as saying: "The money will be used primarily to buy new units to help detect dangerous materials, as well as to create a hazmat response unit. Officials also will buy cameras to help with surveillance during the convention."
The council voted last year to give City Manager Curt Walton the power to authorize all DNC contracts without council approval.
But City Attorney Bob Hagemann said that designation does not extent to “sole-source” contracts like those used for the hazmat and camera gear.
“State law requires the City Council to approve a sole-source purchase so the previous delegation to the City Manager was not sufficient to cover these,” City Attorney Bob Hagemann said in an email.
Cedar's Take: It is understood that in some cases only a single source provides the needed product. However I'd bet my lunch that nationally there are more than just one provider of Hazmat Units, Closed Circuit Televisions Cameras and Detection Systems.
Tech Drawing of a HazMat unit is here.