Centerville Council OKs funds for new phone system

Centerville Council OKs funds for new phone system

Telegraph CorrespondentOctober 2, 2013 

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 city’s fire department as well as eventually link the city’s 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 city’s general fund and the city’s 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 Centerville’s 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 chart’s creation.

Contact Michael W. Pannell at

The Telegraph is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service