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County: New kennels and copiers to go on order

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[February 12, 2010]  Tuesday evening, with vice chairman Pat O'Neill presiding over the Logan County Board committee of the whole, the meeting opened with a moment of silence to honor the memory of community leader Nathan Turner. Turner was an alderman for city of Lincoln and a development partnership member who died unexpectedly this week.

The board then went on to hear a number of proposals and recommendations from committee chairmen.


Animal control chairman Kevin Bateman had good news. The county was considering lower cost plastic rosin composite kennels at $26,000, but he heard from the company that won the bid that the price for the more desirable stainless steel kennels has been reduced from $38,000 to $24,171.42 plus installation.

There were several options that would vary the costs of the installation. Bateman offered his skills and hoped to get assistance from other county personnel and a couple of prisoners. This would save the county $3,478.50.

For this project, $30,000 has been budgeted out of buildings and grounds and $10,000 out of animal control.

The committee recognized that it is important that the work gets done quickly due to the need to house the animals while construction takes place. After the removal of the old kennels, the concrete flooring would need to be sealed. The new construction is expected to take a few days.

New copiers

Three proposals were received and considered for new copy machines to go in county offices. A five-year contract with Watt's Copiers ends in a month.

Last night Chuck Ruben, finance committee chairman, said that the committee accepted the CDS copier proposal. The proposal separated the copier leasing from supplies and service. A monthly figure of $640 includes 11 copiers, and $260.81 per month would cover supplies and service, for a total of $901 per month.

Fourteen county offices were polled with a list of questions about their copying needs. One office asked for fax capability and one machine would have fax. A few would have the ability to provide colored copies. Colored ink costs more.

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The 11 copiers would replace seven copiers, for which the county currently pays $680 per month. The new machines would be networked to talk to each other. This would enable information to be quickly and easily sent to various departments. It also enables information to be read without being printed. This is expected to reduce paper use.

One committee member commented that the change to this type of networked copiers "moves the county offices from paper to electronic process," thereby reducing cost, waste and making the county more green.

Opportunities would be looked at to recycle the old copiers.

The board is expected to make final approval of these purchases at Tuesday evening's adjourned session.


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