Beaver Dam Council To Decide On Spillman

5/14/17 – The Beaver Dam Common Council will vote tomorrow on a a contract offer to join the Dodge County Sheriff’s Department’s new countywide records management system. Spillman would link 17 local municipal law enforcement agencies together. In Beaver Dam, it would replace two computer systems: a Cisco system that manages department records at the police station and in squad cars, New World which has been plagued with issues since launching three years ago. After meeting in closed session earlier this month to discuss the terms of the contract, the Police and Fire Commission voted four-to-one to have Police Chief John Kreuziger and City Attorney Mary Ann Schacht draft a contract offer to the sheriff. No word yet on the details of the contract offer but the sheriff has said in the past that the payment structure is non-negotiable as the offer on the table for Beaver Dam has the same terms as the contracts signed by 15 other agencies. Spillman software will be free for each department, however those departments will each have to pay a yearly maintenance fee beginning in 2019 and a one-time, per-officer training fee this year. For the Beaver Dam Police Department, that translates to $26,000 for its 37 officers plus $14,000 annually for its 51-computers. Schmidt says that cost is slightly higher than the $12,000 annually Beaver Dam is paying for both New World and Cisco. The sheriff notes that the city would have Spillman installed on more computers that currently with New World while the cost for Beaver Dam to go it alone would be considerably higher. Spillman is slated to go live, countywide on December 11. The Beaver Dam Common Council meets tomorrow at 8pm in City Hall.