Oct. 05--The city of Burlington will start down the path of information technology upgrades, if the council approves a loan for server virtualization during its regular meeting Monday night.
The Burlington City Council will consider $124,326 in spending for consulting services, two servers, two backup systems and some supporting hardware and software. A portion, $103,750, of the project would be paid with a three-year 3.75 percent loan from Two Rivers Bank & Trust with payments from the IT budget.
The decision to start with server virtualization is based on an assessment from McGladrey, a consulting firm that will do the consulting services on the project. The company stated in its assessment document from April a virtual server and storage environment would require less hardware, reduce utilities and physical space, as well as improve the backup and recovery of data.
The city's IT steering committee accepted bids for the pieces of the project in September.
"We need to update a lot of things. This is kind of like the most expensive thing to update, but you've got to do it first, and then the rest of the things will fall into place a lot easier," Stephanie Stuecker, director of administrative services, said during Monday's work session.
The assessment recommended a three-year, phased "technology action plan," with some additional options to consider. It includes replacing servers, software and the computers the city staff use.
City Manager Jim Ferneau said some of the other changes the city has to make include changing software no longer being updated, ensuring all city staff are using the same platforms and phasing in a replacement plan for its software and hardware. Ferneau said, though, some of the ideas will be beyond the three-year plan.
The council members had few questions for Stuecker and Ferneau at the work session, other than to ensure they would be able to get new computers soon to use during their meetings.
Separately, the board will vote on Monday whether to change the city's representation on the City-County Health Care Plan, known as COBCO.
The board includes three city representatives, the personnel director, treasurer and manager. At Mayor Jim Davidson's request, the board will vote on whether to amend that makeup by naming an elected official in place of the personnel director.
Davidson said during a work session Monday that he believes it's important to have an elected official representing the city on the board. The other council members raised no objection during the meeting and expect to name Councilman Bob Fleming as the delegate to represent the city.
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