Sunbury Village Council members last week gave their nod to free Wi-Fi Internet access on the Town Square.
Council members voted 6-0 during the finance committee’s meeting Wednesday, March 20, to spend no more than $2,500 to set up the free Wi-Fi for the square as well as separate Wi-Fi access at Town Hall for official business.
Councilman David Miller told his fellow council members that the move, as well as other planned upgrades to the village’s computer system, will be a benefit.
For example, changes would be made in the email system to make it easier to use, he said.
Councilman Len Weatherby agreed it’s a step in the right direction.
“One of the goals is to try to reduce a lot of the paperwork,” Weatherby said. “As we grow, the more audio-visual and computerized we get.”
The Wi-Fi could be used during council and committee sessions and at other times.
Phil Nussdorfer of Edge Technology, the company that will implement the upgrades, said it will take a week or two to set up the Wi-Fi and make the other changes to the computer system. All the software needed is already available in the village system and just needs to be programmed.
Also at last week’s meeting, Jerry Hamilton of Walters Pro-Team, a local roofing company, gave a presentation on replacing the Town Hall roof.
Several other roofers and experts previously have talked to council members about tearing off the leaky and deteriorated metal roof.
Like the others, Hamilton said a copper roof, which could last up to 100 years or more, would be better then putting on a coated-metal, standing-seam roof. While the cost for a copper roof would be higher, it has twice the life expectancy of metal roofs.
An estimate prepared earlier this year projects a copper roof, along with gutters, soffits and other materials, would run about $155,000.
The metal roof would be about $115,000.
Village Engineer Wes Hall is preparing bid specifications for the project. Advertising for bids likely will begin next month.
Bob Horrocks, director of the Council for Older Adults of Delaware County, spoke to council last week and urged the community to support the senior services levy that will be on the May 7 ballot.
The five-year, 0.9-mill renewal levy includes an additional 0.3 mills to support a variety of local activities, he said. Those include Meals-on-Wheels, adult counseling and adult daycare.
“We do provide a wide range of services for folks,” he said. “(Clients) often come to us in crisis.”
Delaware County has more than 25,000 residents age 60 or older. That number is expected to grow to more than 43,000 by 2020, Horrocks said.
Council last week also approved three groups to use the Town Square in connection with various events this year.
The local historical society will use the square Sept. 28 for the unveiling of the Gen. William S. Rosecrans statue.
That event will feature cannon volleys in addition to an expected large contingent of Civil War re-enactors. Rosecrans, a Sunbury-area native, commanded Union troops during the Civil War.
The annual Run for John will begin at 9 a.m. Aug. 31 on the square.
On May 17, the historical society will have demonstrations and other activities for school-age children. The day-long event is expected to attract about 2,000 students and others.
All three events will result in some street closures as well as the need for police to direct traffic, village leaders said.