Commissioners approve communication upgrades

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Clay County Commissioners approved a proposal Monday to upgrade communications systems at the courthouse, Clay County Sheriff’s Office and Edwards Public Library.

The upgrades comes at a cost of $17,689.50, including a $750 fee for switching over phones, but is expected to save the county approximately $1,100 per month in phone and Internet bills. The current phone and Internet providers, AT&T and NTS Communications, charge the county a total of about $1,900 per month.

Upgrades will be paid for out of the county’s general fund equipment purchases budget.

Ripley Tate of Web Fire Communications provided each commissioner with a schematic of the work to be competed. The plan uses existing phone lines, located below North Main and West Gilbert streets, but will replace Ethernet extensions with newer technology. The upgrade is expected to increase phone and Internet speeds by 10 times.

The hardware for the phone system will be relocated to a secure location inside the sheriff’s office. The old hardware will be removed from Henrietta City Hall and disposed of.

New phones will be installed at the courthouse, sheriff’s office and library, but all phone numbers will remain the same. The office of Emergency Management Coordinator Kent Neville, located inside Henrietta City Hall also will be affected.

The project was first presented to commissioners Feb. 27, but the proposal was tabled until Edwards Public Library could be notified.

In other business, commissioners approved the County Maintained Road Mileage Certification presented by TxDOT. The county maintains 711 miles of road.

Commissioners extended Legend Bank’s contract to act as depository for the county.

A request by Lori Horton for use of the courthouse bathrooms during the 2012 Crusin’ for a Cure car show was approved.

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