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|Galesburg Aldermen Could Approve VOIP Project Tonight
|A six-figure project long planned for by the City of Galesburg could officially get the green light.
The Galesburg City Council Monday night will vote on the purchase of a $138,000 Voice over Internet Protocol telephone system for all city-owned buildings including the Public Safety Building.
City officials say the VOIP system is newer, more functional, and will save the city money in the long run, over using a regular telephone system.
A city committee went over what it says was an extensive process to not only make sure that such a system could work, but that they were getting the right system as well.
Out of eight requests for proposal, the city received three bids back -- the winning bid being from Iowa-based Communications Innovators. The city says their bid was the most specific and provides essentially everything the city wants.
City officials say the installation of such a system will not mean the city will discontinue its relationship with local phone provider CenturyTel -- previously known as Gallatin River Communications, because they say there will be aspects of the phone system the company will have to provide no matter what system they went with.
Aldermen will also consider the purchase of a backup generator for the phone system.
In addition, the council should officially give its blessing to a zoning change that will help bring one facet of a local business' operations back into town.
The change to be voted on by aldermen will allow light metal fabrication in the city's Comprehensive Planned Development District. The city says if approved, Galesburg-based J and J Commerce will move a metal fabricating business of theirs that supports their pet equipment manufacturing business from a facility in rural Warren County, to a property they own in the Hawthorne Center.
The Galesburg City Council will consider that and other items when it convenes at 7:30 Monday night inside council chambers at City Hall.
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