Reynoldsburg City Council unanimously approved a motion Tuesday, Feb. 22, to advertise for bids on a new telephone system for all city buildings.

Reynoldsburg City Council unanimously approved a motion Tuesday, Feb. 22, to advertise for bids on a new telephone system for all city buildings.

The request was initially made by service director Jim Miller but approval was put on hold by city council Feb. 14 for further discussion.

When the request was first introduced during a finance committee meeting on Feb. 7, Councilman Fred Deskins questioned why the city would pay a consultant $8,500 to assist in preparing a request for proposals (RFP) document instead of asking telephone companies to come in and do one on their own at no cost.

Mayor Brad McCloud said the city did not have the in-house expertise available to properly assess what Reynoldsburg's telephone system needs are, thus hiring a consultant to do it ensures that officials know exactly what is needed at the best price.

No council member, including Deskins, had any comment on the ordinance before the 6-0 vote to approve it. Councilman Mel Clemens was absent.

The city's current system, which includes 144 telephones, has been in service since 2003 and is maintained by Century Link. The company told the city last year the system needs to be upgraded.

According to Miller, company representatives also said Century Link cannot maintain the phone current system after March 16 under the current contract unless the upgrades are made. He said after that date, maintenance would be on a case-by-case basis until either upgrades are made or a new phone system is installed.


For more on this story, see the March 3 edition of ThisWeek Reynoldsburg.