CANTON St. Lawrence County is preparing to contract for the county clerks office computer and records management system with Info Quick Solutions, which has been investigated for ethics violations in other places.
Earlier this year, County Clerk Mary Lou Rupp recommended extending a contract with IQS, Liverpool, for document-scanning services. IQS has had a contract with the county for records management since 2006 and was paid $9,725 per month.
Rather than extend, legislators decided they wanted to request other proposals to avoid any appearance of impropriety and to make sure they were getting the best service for the money.
IQS rose to the top among vendors who responded, and county Governmental Services Director Michael J. Cunningham and Mrs. Rupp negotiated a contract. The monthly cost will drop $225 and IQS in addition will provide a pistol permit system.
Some legislators remain unconvinced the county should contract with IQS.
The FBI reportedly has investigated the company and the Oswego County clerks office over alleged improprieties involving its contract. A contract between IQS and Luzerne County in Pennsylvania was stalled over authorization questions.
In another case into bidding practices within the Essex County clerks office and IQS, Franklin County District Attorney Derek P. Champagne, who was named special prosecutor, determined no criminal wrongdoing but his report noted possible ethics violations.
Despite the reservations, the company is being recommended for Oswego County and is allowed to bid everywhere in New York, Mr. Cunningham said.
We have no grounds here to bar them from bidding, he said.
Under terms of the contract, the county may seek bids for supplies, such as toners, Mr. Cunningham said.
Legislator Frederick S. Morrill, D-DeKalb Junction, joined with three other legislators in voting against the contract in committee.
I think there are enough questions about IQS that remain unanswered, Mr. Morrill said.