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Lathrop cuts alarm costs by $10,000
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The City of Lathrop will save $10,000 in their first year under a contract with Northern California-based Bay Alarm to provide security services for a variety of public facilities.

And that savings number will rise each and every year that the firm makes good on its contract to protect vital infrastructure by supporting a local business that they’ve been working with ever since the city was incorporated.

According to the city staff report, Bay Alarm has provided security services to the City of Lathrop for more than two decades. A five-year contract with the company expired at the beginning of this year, and the current non-contract rate is just under $84,000.

Now that the council has approved the request, the new contract will end up saving the City of Lathrop nearly $38,000 over the course of three years. A variety of city properties will continue to be covered – places like booster stations, the corporation yard on Lathrop Road, City Hall, the Community Center, the Generations Center and the Police offices, among others – and the possibility of adding future facilities exists within the contract through the amendment process.

The overall annual savings will average out to 18 percent annually.

Currently the most expensive City of Lathrop property to cover with an alarm is the corporation yard – clocking in at more than $12,000-a-year. That number will decline to just more than $10,000-a-year in the third year of the contract. City Hall, the Generations Center and the Community Center all cost more than $7,000-a-year to include in the contract – declining roughly 2,000-a-year in the final year of the three-year contract.

The most secure building in town – the Lathrop Police Services office on 7th Street is the cheapest occupied building at just over $1,600-a-year.

This issue came before the council earlier this year but was continued to a later meeting to allow everything to be worked out. Because the City of Lathrop has already contracted with Bay Alarm the amount of new equipment necessary, if any, will be minimal.

A total of five contract amendments were approved that will allow for coverage of facilities that either not included on the last contract or weren’t part of the base package that was agreed upon at the beginning of negotiations.

To contact reporter Jason Campbell email or call 209.249.3544.