Mark Taylor
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The city of Edgerton is getting a $5,000 phone system upgrade.
Mike Press, interim city administrator, said the existing phone system is antiquated and inefficient, and the upgrade is necessary for improving city operations.
“We’ve been having difficulty with the phones here,” he told the city council on March 24. “I have been on line 1 and heard people ringing in, and (the calls) are not rolling over to line 2 or 3.
“Your phone system needs to be replaced, and I have authorized the same.”
Press said the new equipment includes five phones for city hall and four for the public works maintenance building.
The new system will feature voice mail, capacity for additional lines as the city grows, and the ability to transfer calls between city buildings.
“You will have a very modern and up-to-date phone system,” Press told the council.
Press said bids for a complete phone system replacement for a city Edgerton’s size would likely range from $30,000 to $40,000.
But he has identified a less expensive upgrade that will meet the city’s short term needs.
“We believe this is not the ultimate solution for 25 years, but we think that for less than $5,000 we can upgrade the phone system dramatically and have it serviced for five to 10 more years,” Press said.
Council members expressed no opposition to the purchase. The new system is expected to be installed and functional within two weeks.
Mayor Don Roberts added, “This is moving fast. Six years ago we had rotary dial.
“(The new system) will make things much easier. We will be easier to get a hold of.”
In other business, the council:
* Approved a $12,580 contract with Schlagel and Associates, P.A., for engineering design and land surveying services for the city’s sanitary sewer upgrade project.
* Approved an application from Lori Perry for an animal permit to keep five animals on property in the 1300 block of West 8th Street.
* Agreed to donate $75 to Girl Scouts Troop 269 for the annual community Easter egg hunt.