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New phones a result of August lightning

Updated: November 5, 2013 3:36PM



CROWN POINT — During an August storm City Hall was struck by lightning. It zapped the city’s phones and electrical system.

According to Mayor Dave Uran, the city’s IT director, Adam Graper, pieced things together to make the system work for a short term.

Graper told the Board of Public Works and Safety on Oct. 30 that the phone system cannot wait another year to be replaced.

“We have the funds in the budget,” Uran said.

That day in August, city hall went dark. Lightning flipped all the switches and forced the city to move out of the 20th century and firmly into the 21st.

City Councilman Bob Clemons, R-2, who is also on the Board of Works, asked the mayor if he felt this new system is necessary right now.

Mayor Uran said, “Adam went out and put it all together. Mr. Graper’s education has benefited us. We need this now.”

Clemons made the motion and fellow board member Mike Conquest made the second and the vote was unanimous. The city is getting a new phone system.

This new phone system will be computer-based service. Graper said the phones will cost $49,500. The service cost, according to Graper, will be virtually the same as the city pays now, but with more services for the public.

This system will allow city employees to have access to their office phone lines outside the office.

Since some institutions continue to require fax machines those lines will remain hard wired.



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