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By Jennifer R. Vertullo
Wednesday, July 2, 2014, 3:31 a.m.
 

One month after holding off on a final vote for new city software, McKeesport council is expected to approve a contract with Freedom Systems Corp.

In June, council planned on approving Freedom's municipal management software contract to replace the city's existing Munis system.

Mayor Michael Cherepko and city administrator Matt Gergely asked council to table the issue until more research, including comparison to another bidder, could be completed.

The contract is expected to be taken off the table and approved during Wednesday's voting meeting.

“We're confident that this is the right package,” Gergely said during Tuesday's caucus. “It's integrated with everything we're looking for.”

By the end of Freedom Systems Corp.'s three-year lease agreement, written by Vision Financial Group Inc., the city will own the software.

Compared to the Munis agreement, which ties the city to an annual $40,000 licensing fee, the Freedom Systems arrangement will charge $40,000 for each of the lease's three years followed by an annual maintenance fee of less than $10,000.

Cherepko said Freedom Systems Corp. will better suit the city's needs.

“By 2015, we will be operating more efficiently,” he said in June. “Down the road, it's going to save us a tremendous amount of money.”

The Munis contract expires in August, and the city will begin developing its custom Freedom Systems package in the meantime. It will be phased in over the course of 2014.

On Wednesday, council is expected to approve:

• Recognition of the Regional Chamber Alliance Foundation and Twin Rivers Council of Governments as civic and/or service associations under the state's small games of chance act.

“This is so the chamber and the COG can get small games of chance licenses,” Solicitor J. Jason Elash explained.

They are seeking council's recognition because they are government entities that lease city property, he added.

• An agreement with Stash trucking for a 2014 demolition project in the amount of $107,200.

Jennifer R. Vertullo is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1956, or jvertullo@tribweb.com.

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