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Elizabeth Township Commissioners approve phone system upgrade

| Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, 3:16 a.m.

Elizabeth Township officials authorized an upgrade to the township's phone system and purchasing new computers and servers to help streamline office work.

Commissioners unanimously voted at a meeting on Tuesday to approved a proposal from Finleyville-based David Davis Communications for a service agreement on the 24 township telephones at a cost of $1,200 a year.

Board of commissioners president Gene Francesconi said the proposal should save the township on costly service charges, and noted a recent service call that cost the township $500 for just one visit.

Commissioners approved a $9,835 proposal and service agreement for seven computers, and a $8,631 proposal for a new server network. Total cost for the computer project is $18,466.

“The system needs updated for better efficiency,” Francesconi said. “(David Davis) has been here before ... They are considered a professional service.”

Francesconi said he could not recall if there were any other businesses contacted for the system upgrade, but David Davis “usually gives us the lowest quote.”

Township secretary Lauren Zang said staffers experienced several problems with the current system.

Problems mentioned after the meeting included code enforcement employees not being able to open emails, issues with tracking township equipment and maintenance of township vehicles.

The new system will address those issues as well as help the road department access weather forecasts.

Commissioners authorized resident Fred Metcalf to rehabilitate Twele Field.

Commissioner Claire Bryce said Metcalf, owner of White Cloud Lawn & Landscaping, is fixing the dilapidated field at no cost to the township.

A date to begin the project was not available, but the field will be open for public use once work is complete.

Commissioners are looking into fixing the lights at the Boston Field flagpole.

“There isn't an American flag in this country that shouldn't be lit,” commission vice president Paul Saxon said.

Officer-in-charge David Kerestes announced his department made one arrest and obtained four additional arrest warrants in connection with recent burglaries. He commended officers involved in the investigation. He said more information about the burglaries and suspects will be released later this month.

Round Hill Church Road will be closed on Sept. 13 starting at 7 a.m. for Round Hill Presbyterian Church's annual country fair.

Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1965, or mdivittorio@tribweb.com.

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