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|A Second Chance At City Communications Upgrade
|The Galesburg City Council will get a second chance at letting the city go ahead with what essentially will be the start of a massive overhaul of the city's communication lines.
The Council is to hold a special meeting on Monday at 11:30 a-m to consider bids to replace all the communications lines at all city buildings, and to install switches and other associated equipment with it -- all told, about $250,000 worth of work.
The council tabled the bids last Monday night, partly after hearing from resident Scott Delawder, brother of mayoral candidate Eric Delawder, who said aldermen should wait for a very good reason at that time.
"Why are they (city council) moving forward with this when the President is about ready to sign the stimulus package? How do you know if you move forward with this grant you'll be able to recapture any of that money? You know, I work for the state and most of the times when we have grants, anything done prior to the signing of a grant is not covered. So if you move forward with this, how are you gonna receive any money for the stimulus shovel-ready package?"
The upgrades are not part of the city's list of packages officials believe are eligible for the stimulus plan and are not believed to be part of the technology improvements President Barack Obama was talking about in his recovery package, though, the city has included fiber-optic line upgrade in its stimulus list.
The city says the upgrades, which were budgeted for anyway, are part of a proposed upgrade of all the city's phone systems to voice-over internet protocol.
|02 21 09 by Newsroom
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