Aldermen to mull new phone system for city builidngs

2014-01-27T00:00:00Z Aldermen to mull new phone system for city builidngsGregory Tejeda Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
January 27, 2014 12:00 am  • 

CALUMET CITY | The City Council wants further study on measures for installing a new telephone system for City Hall and other municipal government buildings.

Aldermen voted Thursday for an agreement with ICOMM Consulting Services Inc., for the provision of project management services required by Calumet City for the city’s new telephone system.

The council approved an $8,370 payment for some of the services.

Aldermen held off on two other portions of the agreement — including a $26,100 payment for ICOMM, and an agreement to pay $5,000 per month to Mideo/Mitel for providing the equipment and maintenance services of the system.

First Ward Alderman Eric Schneider said some aldermen have more questions. He said a meeting of the council’s Finance Committee will be held to try to get answers to those questions.

ICOMM was a consultant that conducted a study of the city’s current telephone system and advised officials on its next telephone system.

City officials have debated it during the past two years. The existing telephone system had been in place for decades. Mayor Michelle Markiewicz Qualkinbush said it had become antiquated and beyond repair.

She said there were instances of people trying to contact city agencies only to have calls misrouted or cut-off altogether.

In other business, the City Council approved a resolution by the Illinois Department of Transportation so city government will receive money from the state from Motor Fuel Tax funds. The resolution calls for Calumet City to receive $1,084,225 in such funds between May 1 and April 30, 2015.

Motor Fuel Tax funds are meant to pay for projects such as traffic signal and street light maintenance, emergency street repair, salt, stone, sidewalk replacement and street resurfacing.

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