Server update approved

By on March 13, 2013

By: ALICE HUMMER Review Correspondent, Staff Writer

East Cocalico Township’s software is essentially unsupported, explained technology consultant, Rick Fischer, at East Cocalico Supervisors meeting on March 6.

"Why now?" asked supervisor Noelle Fortna. "We didn’t budget for this expense (this year.)"

"We’re at risk," explained Fischer. "We either do it now or risk doing it under adverse conditions."

Township manager, Mark Hiester, agreed with Fischer. "We need the server update and it’s kind of urgent."

Supervisors unanimously approved spending just under $11,000 to contract with Custom Computer for the necessary service.

Hiester and supervisor chairman, Doug Mackley, explained money might be recovered from budgeted areas that will not use all their allotted funds. Two areas mentioned were storm water mapping, due to some revisions in the process, and possibly capital improvement.

Contracting for the community pool snack bar was put on hold after Donny Stover, a citizen attending the meeting commented that he had indicated interest in operating the snack bar. His comments came after the motion and second were made to award the contract to Byron Reber. Reber operated the snack bar last year and supervisors were pleased and expressed approval with the operation.

"Once we award the contract, we really don’t have anything to do with it," supervisor Alan Fry said.

Supervisors concurred that it is one less headache for them about which to worry.

"I operate snack bars at the mall and had no idea you pay someone a per diem to operate the (pool) snack bar," Stover said.

Fry and Hiester explained that operating the snack bar is not a money-making operation. If you get a rainy season, it can be disastrous. They suggested Stover contact a local business that tried it for a year and also gave it up. Many local community pools experience difficulties securing and keeping a vendor for their snack bar.

Supervisors reversed their Feb. 6 decision regarding power lines at the community pool area. While previously approving underground electric lines, supervisors approved overhead utilities. The trees will need to be kept trimmed in the area of the power lines, supervisors noted.

After the meeting this correspondent asked the supervisors why the change was made.

"Cost was the big one," said Mackley.

Fry, who oversees the Rec board and the pool, added that digging in the soil posed risks to other underground utility wires, as well as pipes.

Secretary, Lisa Kashner, said nine 2013 bid specs for mowing were mailed. Three quotes were received. Low bidder, Green Lawn Mowing, was award the bid for 2013 at $5,990.

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