Warren County officials will be modernizing the phone system in the administrative building on Locust Street. The call to upgrade will cost $4,400 to $4,900 for installation.
During Monday night’s full Warren County Commission meeting, commissioners voted unanimously to allow an upgrade on the county’s telephone system. The measure passed 23-0, with the absence of Commissioner Bessie Smithson, who has been dealing with an illness.
The recommendation to improve the county’s phone system came from Building and Grounds Committee members Carl Bouldin, Dwight O’Neal and Michael Martin, who voted unanimously last week to allow the change. Members Clinton “Pee Wee” Hill and Smithson were absent.
An overall improvement for the entire building will give each office voicemail and caller ID, as well as a dedicated DSL (digital subscriber line) for the county’s Financial Department.
Warren County Finance Department director Linda Hillis says the need for phone system improvements in the new Finance Department – which is also requiring seven new county employees – prompted consideration for upgrading the building’s entire system.
“We need an upgrade in the Financial Department,” said Hillis. “Ben Lomand can either update our department at a cost of about $1,500 or do the entire building for between $4,400 and $4,900. The phone system in the building is about 13 years old.”
When it comes to cost, the county will also have to pay an additional charge each month for the new equipment.
“It will mean an additional $56.91 per month on the county’s bill,” said Hillis. “That will pay for the new equipment that’s installed.”
A three-year agreement will be required.
“I’ve discussed this with Linda,” said Warren County Executive John Pelham in committee. “Because this will require a three-year contract, maybe this should go before the full court. We can amend the docket to include this so the full court will be informed of what we’ve done.”
Because the improvement involves the entire building, not just that of the Finance Department, the county’s communications account can be used to pay for installation, says Hillis.
“There will be approximately $6,000 in the account at the end of this fiscal year which can be used to pay for the upgrade,” she said.