CALUMET CITY | The City Council recently approved a pair of payments to companies that installed a new telephone system at City Hall and other municipal buildings.
By separate votes of 5-1, with 7th Ward Alderman Antoine Collins absent, the council on Thursday approved a five-year contract with Midco/Mitel for equipment and maintenance services for the new telephone system.
The contract calls for Midco/Mitel to receive $4,672 per month for the next 60 months.
The other contract calls for west suburban River Forest-based ICOMM Consulting Co. to receive $26,100 for helping the city develop an overall plan that resulted in the decision to purchase a new phone system from Midco/Mitel.
According to a memorandum from city Office of Professional Standards Director Rochelle Jackson, ICOMM also helped with installation of the new equipment, "to ensure appropriate integration at city facilities."
The lone vote against both payments was 3rd Ward Alderman Thaddeus Jones, who said he still has questions about what work was done for the two fees and who actually received certain payments.
"Until I get answers to my questions, I'm voting 'no' on this," Jones said, following the City Council session.
Other aldermen voted to approve the contract without any public discussion on Thursday. Approval for the payments was on the agenda in January, but aldermen delayed approval until Thursday because some had questions.
In other business, the City Council voted 6-0 to approve an agreement with Violations Payment.com Inc. for a program that will process credit card payments for municipal services on the city's website.
Aldermen also voted for a payment of $13,547 to southwest suburban Bedford Park-based Steel City Tire Inc., for new tires for the Hi-lift at the Public Works Department.