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Beaufort City Council to discuss finance software, codes enforcement, procurement policy

August 19, 2014

By Erin Moody, The Island Packet (Hilton Head Island, S.C.)

Aug. 19--With an eye on the bottom line, Beaufort City Council will meet for a work session today to discuss three topics related to finances.

The work session begins 5 p.m. in the planning conference room of City Hall, 1911 Boundary St.

First up is a presentation and discussion about OpenGov, "a technology company that builds business intelligence and transparency software for governments," according to the city's presentation.

The software allows easy access to and sharing of financial information and could cost about $4,900 annually, according to the presentation.

Also on the agenda is discussion about codes enforcement. The city contracts out the services, but that agreement is ending and staff is recommending that a joint fire marshal-codes enforcement position be created in-house.

The position would be under the fire department, but the staff member would also work closely with the planning department, according to city staff.

The city's procurement policy will also be discussed, including bid procedures. Council members recently voiced a desire to make it easier for small, local companies to bid on projects.

A closed session is planned to discuss pending contractual matters.

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