Assistant City Manager
"Like a lot of other businesses, we have a back room full of servers and have network switches at other locations. Through this agreement, they (Pioneer) will come in and replace all that equipment, because they really do need to be replaced, and they'll keep it updated," Haines said. "At the same time they will also manage that equipment so we're not having to call people in."
While the city will now be leasing some server equipment, rather than owning all the equipment, Haines said the agreement allows for Pioneer to replace and update the leased equipment as needed.
In addition, he said the new equipment will greatly enhance the city's network capabilities.
Until recently, he said the city has been working off of a T-1 line, which just hasn't been able to keep up with the city's growing network demands.
But now, he said, the agreement with Pioneer will provide the city with continued access to fiber-optic lines which should greatly improve transmission capabilities.
"They turned us up to fiber 2 weeks ago and the difference is tremendous," Haines said.
According to a lease equipment schedule included with the agreement, the city will have to pay Pioneer a one-time charge of
If the city had purchased all the equipment outright, the total cost would've been over
"It is," Haines said. "We've struggled for many years, as have other organizations, to try to keep up with technology. So to be able to have our equipment stay updated and have someone maintaining it, is a big step forward. And these costs are really very attractive numbers."
Especially, he said, when considering that "with technology there is basically a 3-year shelf-life."
"It's all a cost of doing business and if you don't stay up with it, then it affects your productivity," Haines said.
In addition to the service and lease agreements with Pioneer, city commissioners also approved the following during Monday's meeting:
--the second reading and final adoption of an ordinance to rezone property in the 1100 block of
--acceptance of an easement from the
--a resolution allowing for the assignment of franchise and transfer of distribution system by
--approved a 6-month lease agreement with UNIVAR
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