CENTERVILLE -- City Council approved spending $16,789 Tuesday toward a new $33,904 phone system.
City administrator Patrick Eidson said the new system will link current City Hall offices and the citys fire department as well as eventually link the citys new law enforcement center and municipal court facility which are now under construction.
At present, the systems are separate.
Eidson said the new system, provided by Total Computer Solutions, will allow each facility its own system but will integrate the entire phone system into one allowing for calls to be transferred seamlessly among all departments and locations.
The $16,789 Council approved will be paid from the citys general fund and the citys utility enterprise fund, with each paying $11,936 and $4,852, respectively.
The remaining cost will be paid from 2013 special purpose local option sales tax funds designated for the new law enforcement center and Municipal Court facility construction.
Mayor John Harley said the system will save taxpayer dollars over time, partially due to the fact the city will own the new system and not be tied to a particular provider.
In other business, Council approved a city organizational chart that for the first time officially outlines Centervilles department and employee structure.
Eidson said the city previously had a loosely identified organizational structure but that no official organizational chart had ever been adopted. He said a project initiated by former councilman Robert Smith led to the new, official organizational charts creation.
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