Centerville Council OKs contract for LEC telecommunications

Telegraph correspondentSeptember 11, 2013 

CENTERVILLE -- City council made quick work of a short agenda Tuesday during a specially scheduled work session.

Council took care of several small matters in a meeting that began at 5 p.m., a half hour earlier than its 5:30 start time, so members could attend a forum in Warner Robins of mayoral candidates that began at 6 p.m.

The work session was also held a week earlier than usual because the mayor and several of the four-council-member board plan to attend training in Atlanta next week during the usual work session time slot.

During Tuesday’s meeting, Council authorized Mayor John Harley to sign a contract with Cox Communications to provide the fiber optic telecommunications infrastructure at the new police headquarters-law enforcement center now under construction.

Centerville Police Chief Sid Andrews said the service is the same as at the current facility, just relocated to the new location. He said it will allow his department to continue to connect with PISTOL, the Police Information System Totally Online service, which is the standard for law enforcement and used by other Houston County law enforcement agencies.

Also Tuesday, Council made provisions for Krista Bedingfield, city clerk and superintendent of elections, to hire one manager, two assistants and three clerks for the coming Nov. 5 election.

During the meeting, Harley asked council members to be prepared in November or December to discuss their ideas about parks and recreation in the city. He said he had no particular agenda for the discussion but felt it was something he and Council should consider.

Harley also polled council members and city department heads whether or not they liked starting the work session at 5 p.m. instead of 5:30 p.m. which would get them home earlier.

The group generally agreed 5 p.m. was better and Harley said he would look into making the change.

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