Power outages in the Oregon police dispatch center spurred the city to purchase a new uninterruptable power supply system to prevent future occurrences.
The new supply system was purchased from Micro Works, Inc., Oregon, for $19,000.
Mayor Mike Seferian said the first outage occurred during a storm last month. The center experienced another outage a few weeks later, said Police Chief Mike Navarre.
The first outage lasted about 30-minutes, said Navarre.
“We were able to continue to dispatch by using the portable radios. We weren’t able to use the mobile consoles,” said Navarre. “It created an even bigger problem for the fire department because their calls go out on a pager system. And they had to bring in personnel during the outage.”
The outage was caused by the dispatch’s current uninterrupted power supply, which is no longer reliable, according to Navarre.
“It didn’t affect the phones or the power in the building. It was just the power to the dispatch consoles,” said Navarre. “The source of the problem was the uninterrupted power supply, which kicks in when the power goes out. And that somehow shorted out and caused the power to shut down, which is not supposed to happen.”
City Administrator Mike Beazley said funds to buy the supply system had already been earmarked in the budget.
“This is something we included in our budget this year,” said Beazley at a meeting on Aug. 13. “Its urgency was brought home when we did have an outage about three weeks ago. It’s essential, long-term, to get this back up and get the supply in place. There are some default backups. But the best system is to make sure our power stays on in our facility. As soon as the power outage happened a few weeks ago, we worked with the police division to get this legislation brought forward. We think it’s time.”
Council President Tom Susor said a manual bypass system will be incorporated into the system.
“When you have the uninterrupted power supply problem, you can use the bypass switch to run on normal power and/or generator power. It’s just another option on the system,” said Susor.
"It is an additional cost. But it’s well worth the price.”