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Elmendorf grapples with IT issues
Elmendorf City Administrator Cody Dailey administers the oath of office to newly elected Mayor Evelyn Lykins during the June 12 city council meeting.
Wilson County NewsJune 18, 2014 3,487 views 3 comments
ELMENDORF -- The city council here has taken a step toward rectifying ongoing information technology (IT) issues in Elmendorf City Hall. The council, at its June 12 meeting, voted to approve an IT services contract with Stephen Johnson.
City Secretary Roxanne De Leon said following the meeting that Johnson will be paid $14 per hour for work performed on an as-needed basis. His first challenge will be modifying the city’s computer so that it will accommodate Internet functions, online payments, security cameras, police-department software, the telephone system, and more.
De Leon said the problems exist with the city’s Internet service provider, AT&T, which was supposed to provide four different servers. However, the city would need to spend $8,000 on firewalls before the system could meet this demand.
Additionally, the city also has been struggling with data speed. Initially, De Leon said, the speed was rated at 3 Megabits per second. That since has slowed down to 1.5 Megabits per second. AT&T quoted $700 to increase the speed for one line, with $200 for each additional one.
Also during the meeting, new Mayor Evelyn Lykins was administered the oath of office. After she was sworn in, she administered oaths to newly elected Alderman Polo Maldonado and incumbent Alderman Linda Peña Ortiz.
In other business, accountant Wayne Beyer of Pleasanton-based Beyer & Associates presented the city’s 2012-13 financial audit report. De Leon said that while he gave the city an unqualified -- or “clean” -- opinion, he made the following recommendations:
•Employees should not be allowed to carry negative vacation or sick leave balances, which has occurred when workers have used time before it actually was awarded.
•All utility customers should be billed according to the most current rates. This was because an error caused one customer to be under-billed $16.80.
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