Upgrades approved for city's telephone system
by Elsie Hodnett
The Riverside City Council approved telephone system upgrades at Tuesday’s council meeting.

“We talked about the telephone system upgrades at our work session, and by upgrading we can save about $400 each month,” Mayor Rusty Jessup said. “It would be about $3,500 in savings each year.”

The council approved up to $9,000 to upgrade the telephone system.

“In three year’s time, our savings will have paid for the phone system,” Jessup said.

Jessup said the new system will link the city’s utility building with city hall, eliminating the need for a separate phone line. The new system is suitable for up to 30 users, includes software, licensing for 10 users, analog line card to connect to the existing main line, 10 Digium phones with HD voice and backlit display, one wireless phone with extended range, one voice firewall, installation, setup, training and more.

The council also discussed the city’s need for a side boom mower to help cut city right-of-ways. The council approved to proceed with researching if the city needs to bid the purchase of the tractor with side boom mower or not, and let if for bid if it needs to be bid.

In other matters Tuesday, the council:

• Approved reprogramming the gas pump reader on the water to the new system the city is moving to, which will match the new card readers on the city’s new roadside gas pump at Riverside Landing.

• Authorized a street light on the back side of Tomahawk Trail as close to an intersection as possible.

Contact Elsie Hodnett at ehodnett@dailyhome.com.
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