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Norwich Township

Trustees turn to Grove City company for tech support

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

Norwich Township trustees have chosen a new information-technology support provider.

The trustees approved a contract Dec. 3 with Grove City-based Rodgers Technologies for $5,000 per month to provide an IT support specialist to the fire department and administration.

The IT specialist will work 30 hours per week.

The trustees will terminate the township's current IT contract with Ricoh USA.

The contract with Ricoh USA provided 20 hours of service per week at $4,600 per month and support often was conducted by telephone, township officials said.

"We're just a small fish in a big pond to Ricoh. I think Rodgers is a fitting solution," Jeff Warren, the assistant fire chief, told trustees during a two-hour quarterly planning session that preceded the 20-minute official meeting.

Warren said he is particularly pleased the department will have an on-site IT specialist.

"Telephone computer support is bananas," Warren said.

The contract with Ricoh USA expires in April but contains a clause for either party to provide 30-day notice to terminate the contract, Township Administrator Kate Cavanaugh said.

"We will provide that notice," Cavanaugh said.

The trustees also acted Dec. 3 to approve a new cellphone policy for township employees.

The township owns 14 cellphones and maintains a monthly contract on each for about $32, said Fiscal Officer Jamie Miles.

"Under the new policy, we are giving employees with our phones the option of (surrendering) the township phone and using their personal cellphones," Miles said.

Those who choose to do so will receive a taxable payment of about $32 a month that could be applied to a personal cellphone, Miles said.

The trustees also approved a donation of $200,000 from the township's inheritance-tax revenue within the general fund to the Hilliard Community Foundation. The donation will be made next year.

The donation will be added to other proceeds the foundation has received for the construction of a 2,371-square-foot addition to a 6,832-square foot building on Center Street near Wayne Street.

The city of Hilliard, the Hilliard Arts Council and American Legion Post 614, which last year sold its post on Lattimer Street, will share use of the facility.

Rather than improve the facility to its final intended form, an initial phase will be completed to make the building suitable for limited purposes, said Bob Apel, president of the Hilliard Community Foundation, at a previous trustees meeting when he outlined the goals of the foundation.

The completed project will cost about $4 million, but the foundation is working on a "bare-bones" project that includes a new roof as part of an initial phase to make the structure habitable.

The initial phase is estimated at about $475,000.

Other donations or pledges include $39,200 from a combination of contributors, including the Hilliard Community Foundation and Hilliard High School Alumni Association, and $35,000 from the American Legion.

Hilliard already has invested about $50,000 into remedial improvements at the site.

The city has set aside $70,000 in its capital-improvements budget in 2014 for the project, Apel said.

"We expect to have the (addition) done by the early summer (2014)," Apel said Dec. 9.