Weirton officials discuss phone system upgrades

FINANCIAL DISCUSSIONS — The Weirton Finance Committee, joined by other city officials, met Wednesday, recommending numerous financial proposals, which will go before city council at its meeting Monday. -- Craig Howell

WEIRTON — Weirton Council will consider a proposal to replace the municipality’s telephone system, along with various other financial recommendations, during its meeting Monday.

The city’s Finance Committee met Wednesday, recommending a contract for “the Replacement of the City of Weirton’s Phones and Related Equipment from Comcast Business Services.”

While not providing an exact cost Wednesday, City Manager Mike Adams said the new system, if approved, would cost between $199 and $254 more per month, depending on whether Weirton Transit Corp. would be included.

“This is slightly in flux,” Adams said.

Weirton Transit is in the process of moving its offices out of the Weirton Municipal Building.

Adams explained the current phone system at the city was installed in around 2015 or 2016 with a company out of the area as part of an agreement by a prior city manager.

City officials have been discussing the system’s replacement for the last four to five months, Adams said.

“These phones are about worn out and don’t seem to function well,” Adams said, noting the proposed system also would provide the city with fiber connections which would benefit the city’s computer systems and storage.

Ward 3 Councilman Fred Marsh, who chairs the Finance Committee, asked if the system would be solely automated, or if there would be the option for live service when residents call in.

“That has the community so mad,” Marsh said of the current automated setup. “I hear it every day.”

Adams said he has heard similar complaints, and it is his understanding there would be an option to switch between a live answer and automated answer.

The committee also recommended two resolutions related to the city’s utility upgrade projects.

Council will be asked to authorize the extension of the maturity date of construction anticipation notes to Sept. 1, 2023, with one for the water improvement project and one for the sewer improvement project.

According to Marsh, the designs for the projects were delayed as a result of COVID and other factors, and the bonds covering the design costs had been due in May.

“The state is graciously extending the payment on that note,” Marsh said.

Also recommended by the Finance Committee and going before city council Monday was a resolution to renew a contract with AccuFund Inc.for support, maintenance and enhancement of the city’s accounting software, at $8,999.25.


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