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Springfield getting new phone system

4/18/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

Springfield Town Hall will soon get an improved telephone system.

The Springfield Board of Trustees approved an increase to the cost of telecommunications equipment at the April 11 meeting, from $4,544 to $5,399. The move clears the way for a new telephone system.

According to township officials, a Mitel 5000 Communications Platform (VoIP system) and new phones to replace the Merlin Legend phone system will be installed at Town Hall. Some of the wiring also will be updated.

The new system includes updated technology, will reduce costs and will make the system more user-friendly, according to Office Manager Amie Biltz.

In other business at the meeting, trustees approved:

  • a transfer of $10,000 from the General Fund to the Senior Center Nutrition Fund;
  • the annual ambulance cot and stair chair maintenance at a cost of $1,200;
  • an application for the 2014 High Visibility Enforcement Overtime Grant from the Ohio Department of Public Safety for up to 700 hours of police enforcement, with a 100 percent reimbursement;
  • to increase the annual uniform allowance from $200 to $450 for part-time police officers;
  • to accept bids from the Summit County Engineer’s Office for the 2013 Pavement Maintenance Program, with the township to pay Lytle Construction up to $188,000 and J.D. Striping up to $980;
  • to accept a bid from AC Lawn Care and Landscaping for lawn services on township property; and
  • to increase three seasonal Road Department workers’ hours to 40 hours, effective April 11, and another department part-time seasonal worker’s hours also to 40 hours, with trustees voting 2-1 on the last item. Trustee Dean Young voted against it.

Trustees also announced area residents are invited to safely dispose of prescription medicine April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Springfield Police Department, located in Town Hall at 2465 Canfield Road. The “Take Back Your Meds” event will accept only pills in their original bottles.

Also, there will be a Springfield Clean Up Day April 27 from 9 a.m. to noon. Volunteers are invited to meet at Town Hall.

Trustees also met for a special meeting April 16 to enter into executive session to discuss employment of a public employee. Afterward, trustees approved objecting to a permit for a new liquor license by D&F Gaming at 1690 Massillon Road.

The next regular trustees’ meeting will be April 25 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall, 2459 Canfield Road.

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