CALUMET CITY | The City Council delayed approval of payments related to last year’s purchase and installation of a data backup solution for the city’s computer server.
Aldermen were asked Thursday to vote on several payments to Sungard Public Sector Inc., for training programs that were provided last year.
But aldermen, led by Thaddeus Jones of the 3rd Ward, were concerned because the bills were for services provided in May, June and August.
City Treasurer Gerald Tarka said the bills were submitted to municipal government by Sungard officials in a timely fashion. He could not explain on Thursday why it took city officials several months to process the requests so they are only getting to the City Council for consideration now.
The expenses incurred in these bills are because Sungard had to send officials to Calumet City from their offices in Pennsylvania to help install the new system and educate municipal officials in its proper use.
During their time in the south suburbs, the city had to cover the cost of their meals and housing at area hotels.
Jones persuaded his City Council colleagues to defer all the measures related to Sungard to the City Council’s Finance Committee for further study. Committee chairman Magdalena “Leni” Wosczynski said a date has not yet been scheduled for a hearing on the issue.
Jones said he’d also like to have the city attorney’s office review the requests, while 6th Ward Alderman Nick Manousopoulos said he’d also like to see the Finance Committee study questions concerning re-negotiations of a contract with Waste Management over the recycling programs in Calumet City.
Jones said he has heard complaints in recent weeks from local residents who say their trash is not being picked up on a regular basis.
In other business, the City Council voted 7-0 to approve a $7,650 payment to REM Management Services Inc., for training of police personnel.
They also approved renewal of a contract with Hewlett Packard for hardware and software support from Saturday through Feb. 28, 2015. The company will receive $8,220.24 for their efforts.