Luzerne County Council OKs voting system, 911 upgrade

Luzerne County Council approved two major, manager-recommended contracts Tuesday — a $3.6 million paper-trail voting system from Dominion Voting Systems Inc. and a $24.7 million 911 emergency radio upgrade from Motorola Solutions Inc. However, another administration recommendation to keep Bethlehem-based Brown & Brown of Lehigh Valley as insurance broker for two more years was rejected by a council majority. After thanking a Brown & Brown representative in the audience for the company’s service, county Manager C. David Pedri exercised his authority to recommend the company ranked second: Pittston-based Joyce Insurance Group. Joyce Insurance submitted a proposal to charge $50,000, or $10,000 less than Brown & Brown, officials said. Council ended up tabling the decision after several citizens questioned the sudden change without a formal proposed contract and public presentation by the company. Councilwoman Sheila Saidman asked for a Joyce Insurance representative to appear at a council meeting next week. Saidman said she was rejecting the Brown & Brown recommendation based on Councilman Matthew Vough’s recent inquiry about whether any county-based companies had r...