ROGERS CITY - As part of getting a necessary software upgrade, Rogers City will spend $8,544.95 on new computers and a server for city hall.
City council members agreed to replace outdated software for city employees in a January meeting, and now need to purchase new computers to run the software, Mayor Tom Sobeck said. Interim City Manager Terri Koss informed them the old software no longer met United States Postal Service Standards, among other issues. Plus, the city's computers use an operating system Microsoft no longer supports.
"This proposal is fallout from that issue, so to speak," Sobeck said.
For the price, the city will get six new desktop units and a server, plus operating systems and installation for both types, according to a bid from Integrated Systems Consultants.
Council members may also reconsider the city's policy to buy local whenever practical. The city's new computers and server will be bought from and installed by ISC of Traverse City, and council member A.J. Przybyla said he would rather see the business go to someone from the city. He ultimately voted no on the purchase proposal.
"We need to be spending our money locally," he said after the meeting. "Taxpayers are our customers, and we need to support them."
Other council members agreed, although Koss and Sobeck pointed out the city has an agreement with ISC to maintain its computer systems. Council member Gary Nowak said the city's policy might not necessarily cover larger purchases, and he asked Koss to provide him a copy of the policy.
Council member Scott McLennan said the city likely has run out of time to find a local company for the computers, but agreed that the city should always seek a local option in the future.
In other business:
* council members unanimously approved a contract between the city and the Rogers City Area Fire Department Authority outlining how the city will reimburse the fire authority for fire fighting services.
* city council agreed to purchase ads in two visitors guides, one for Rogers City and another for Presque Isle County as a whole. The former is created from time to time by the Rogers City Area Chamber of Commerce, while the latter is published yearly by Presque Isle Newspapers Inc. Publisher Rich Lamb told council members the city has purchased the back page of the county guide in the past, and doing so again will cost $498.75 if its paid for by March 28. Council members agreed on this, and to buy an ad in the city guide for $250.
* Beth Budnik and Stefani Schulte asked council members to consider allowing a farmers market in a parking lot at the intersection of Fourth and Erie streets on Saturdays and possibly another day during the week. Budnik told them she's spoken with farmers and vendors in the area and would like to find a centrally located spot in the city to host a market. Council members said they'd consider it, and Nowak asked Zoning Administrator Toby Kuznicki to work with Budnik and Schulte to ensure there are no issues with zoning ordinances.