2010-05-06 / Front Page

County Technology Improvements Discussed

Contract to utilize Fulton Theatre extended
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

The Fulton County commissioners reviewed and gave a nod of approval Tuesday to technological improvements needed in connection with the relocation of several county offices.

Several quotes submitted to the county were unanimously accepted, including one proposal to relocate communications equipment in the current 911 dispatch center to its new location in the basement of the Services for Children building.

CenturyLink will be completing the move at a cost of $18,238.78, while Archonix based in Mount Laurel, N.J., was authorized to move 911 computer-aided dispatch equipment at a cost of $1,500. Furthermore, the commissioners signed an agreement with Tele- Plus in the amount of $875 for the company to relocate the 911 dispatch telephone system.

As a follow-up to accepting the series of quotes, the commissioners sat down with technology director Eldon Martin to discuss some improvements in the field of technology as well as possible monetary savings for the county. Martin touched on a PRI line lease with CenturyLink, which is currently up for renewal. A new threeyear contract, which was OK’d, could ultimately save the county $365 monthly or a total of $4,380 annually.

Martin went on to update the commissioners on the county’s telephone system and presented them with a list of current telephone needs and areas where telephones could be eliminated. Martin stated the county shouldn’t be spending money on a new telephone system due to the age of the current system and referenced the newest systems already in place with Services for Children and Do- mestic Relations.

Martin also mentioned the possibility of a breakdown with the current system, which would require an additional one to two days to get the system back online and functioning.

The commissioners approved a change order that will allow for the relocation of a fiber optic line between the courthouse and the Neighborhood Service Center. The change order tallied $8,982.

With construction in the courtroom already well under way, the commissioners agreed to extend a current contract with F&M Bank to use Fulton Theatre through August 27 as a temporary courtroom. They also publicly thanked county employees who helped during the move of courtroom furniture to the theatre.

Treasurer Monica Seville was given permission to open a new account in order to collect taxes for the Borough of Valley-Hi.

The commissioners signed a notice of award as well as a waiver of liens in connection with the stormwater management and handicapped parking project at the Fulton County Food Basket. P&W Excavating is slated to complete the project at the contracted amount of $38,200.

Resolutions were adopted providing a statement of goals and plan for utilization of Minority Business Enterprises and Women Business Enterprises and setting the month of April as “Fair Housing Month.”

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