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City to seek bids for new phone system

BY: Rikki Cason | February 03, 2013

The City of Lockport will soon have to install a new telephone server for city hall and 911 dispatch.

It was announced Wednesday that per the recommendation of Director of Engineering/Public Works Norm Allen, the city would soon be looking for bids to install new phones and a server.

Mayor Michael Tucker said according to Allen, this is something that is “very urgent” and needs to be completed soon. Allen has to reboot the system on a regular basis, and when this occurs, people can’t get in contact with the police and fire departments.

Tucker said this was not something the city foresaw as needing to be replaced this year and it could cost as much as $200,000. Depending on the quotes and the contract, the city will have several options.

The current system was installed in the 1990s.

To help pay for this upgrade, the city will look to see if they can use some of the money they receive from the DEA and would have to go to bond for the rest of the project.

In other city news:

• A community meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the Refuge Temple of Christ Church, 15 Cottage St.

This meeting will give the public information about the new impact zone that was announced last week.

The impact zone is focused around streets, including High, Genesee, Transit, Erie, Washburn and Walnut, and will have an increased police presence, including unannounced roadblocks.

The zone was announced after an increase in violent crimes in the area recently.

Police Chief Lawrence Eggert said it is their goal to “inconvenience” people in the area as little as possible, while also working to make Lockport a safer place.

• The council has decided not to settle a lawsuit filed in January to return $6,150 in down payments to Daryl Ubiles who purchased two properties during the city’s foreclosure auction.

They will also not consider amending the terms of the sale of tax-foreclosure auction properties.

The city terms for sale of tax-foreclosure auction properties currently states that winning bidders will forfeit their down payments if they owe taxes on another property.

The council decided Wednesday to not consider amending these terms to allow people who owe taxes the chance to purchase additional property.

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