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BPU looks at phone options

October 19, 2012
Morning Journal News

EAST LIVERPOOL - The Board of Public Utilities decided Thursday to look at options for replacing an aging office phone system rather than immediately accept a quote recently obtained.

Utilities Director Bob Disch reported to the board Thursday the existing system is obsolete due to age and maintenance costs, with parts now unavailable.

He said a quote for $3,881.54 was received to purchase a new system, with a lease option also offered at $323.40 per month for 13 months, which would result end up costing $322.60 more than purchasing outright.

Board member Fred Rayl favored the lease idea, but President Mary Tambellini said, "I'm not so sure," citing some experience with leasing.

It was agreed Disch would try to find other vendors to compare purchase and lease prices.

Disch also reported that the Neptune Equipment Co. has begun the process of compiling reports pertaining to a meter change, which probably will not be completed until the first of next year.

He advised the board to be thinking about what policy will be implemented for buying meters, if a change is approved, saying the, currently, customers are responsible for purchasing their own new meters.

When the last meter change took place in 1991, a meter maintenance fee of 60 cents per month for 10 years was imposed for those who had their meters changed.

He a decision needs to be made whether a similar fee will be charged.

Water Superintendent Keith Clark told board members he is concerned that, if a move is not made to upgrade motors at the water plant, an incentive offered by AEP may be lost, saying there is a likelihood of the company phasing out the incentives program.

Mayor Jim Swoger also commented on the issue, saying, "I'm proud of our people for keeping these 1930s motors running; that takes skills. I'm usually against 'Diamond Tim' (Clark) wanting to buy things, but this makes complete sense. We need to work harder to come up with the money."

Disch said the board needs to wait until after the first of the year then ask for proposals for designing the project, to determine what the cost might be.

"We're open to any suggestions (for getting the money)," Rayl said.



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