New London Council approves technology building project
The project was originally started because the city was looking to relocate the existing 800 amp/3 phase electrical service, telephone/voicemail system and all computer servers and related data equipment from the basement, cable room and vault to an area that has the proper environment for those systems. The project is also meant to update the phone and data wiring in City Hall to CAT6 voice and data cable which will accommodate future phone and computer upgrades.
The new wiring will go directly from the technology building to each location and not be directed through switches as is currently is. Four wireless access points will be installed in City Hall and one will be added in the Fire Department for use in the future.
Connectivity to remote sites was also discussed during the planning of this project. The remote sites are currently connected to City Hall by telephone cable and phone modems. The phone modems are no longer available which means there could be a complete disconnect from a remote site if one of the modems quits working.
Service from the current phone provider, AT&T, will be discontinued and service for local and long distance telephone and Internet will e provided by Charter Communications. This will allow remote sites to be connected via the Internet. This will increase speed of accessing documents stored on the servers located at City Hall. The remote sites will also use the telephone and voicemail system at City Hall instead of each site being required to have its own phone system.
The estimated savings between telephone and cable is at least $500 per month.
The funding for this project will come from a bond that will come before the Finance and Personnel Committee in the next couple of months.
In other business, the council accepted a contract with the Labor Association of Wisconsin which covers the police. It also accepted a contract with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees which covers Department of Public Works, Parks and Waste Water Treatment Plant employees.
The council also approved a $40,000 loan to PW Enterprises LLC at a 2 percent interest rate with a five year term. The loan is for Wade and Katie Wisnefske and Christopher and Kim Polanco to acquire the existing local Anytime Fitness franchise. The funds will be used to purchase the existing franchise and equipment.
The $40,000 loan through the city's revolving loan fund will include a first security interest such as a second mortgage lien on a residence or vacant land, or a first lien on another asset with a value of $40,000. They have secured private financing as well.
Mayor Gary Henke told the council that 53,310 pounds of electronics were collected when the city hosted an electronics recycling program, Saturday, Oct. 6. Of that total, 19,000 pounds was of old televisions.
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