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Computer system upgrade requested

July 17, 2011
By AMANDA WHISTLE , The Leader Herald

GLOVERSVILLE - Last fall the company that provides the city's IT services identified 27 city computers in need of replacement.

The Saratoga-Springs-based company Tech II Business Services Inc., suggested the city standardize its computer system in the fall.

Fourth Ward Councilwoman Ellen Anadio said in November she was pursuing grant opportunities, but many seemed to require consolidation of departments.

Now with $30,000 left over in a 2010 capital projects fund, Finance Commissioner Bruce VanGenderen is asking for council approval to use that money to replace the city's outdated and mismatched computer system.

"What I'm going to be looking for at the council meeting at the end of July is a resolution authorizing we utilize those funds for computers and printers or anything else. Some of it is stuff we haven't really done anything with in years," VanGenderen told the council recently.

VanGenderen said he's looking into prices and is unsure how much it will cost to replace the system. He said he would ask the resolution allow him to use "up to" an approximate cost.

VanGenderen said the money in that fund was bonded for several different projects including work on the Fire Department garage doors and roof, a front loader and snow plow truck for the Department of Public Works, and several other projects.

In this case, the city was able to get good deals on the work and equipment, VanGenderen said, leaving $30,000 unused.

VanGenderen said his own computer was purchased three or four years before he started working at the city about six years ago.

In the fall ADP, which stands for Automatic Data Processing, will take on the city's payroll services.

VanGenderen said he'd like to have a new system in place before ADP takes over payroll.



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