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Cedaredge moves ahead with computer upgrade

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Staff for the Town of Cedaredge told trustees last week that computer systems need to be upgraded.

Not all of the computer work stations the town uses, 23 in total, have the same level of PC operating system. The cost of upgrading all of the computers to the same Microsoft 2016 suite of applications will cost $5,953, according to documents.

The town trustees approved that expenditure at their Feb. 18 meeting. The town administrator explained that the town budget for 2016 has expenditures included for improvements to phone systems. However, the computer upgrades have of late become a more pressing priority for streamlining office operations.

In other business at its Feb. 18 regular meeting, the Cedaredge Town Board dealt with the following matters:

• Trustees heard a brief report on the recent ice fishing contest at Island Lake. The contest had its highest ever participation. The contest is organized and staged for the chamber of commerce by Carol and Terry Jarbo of the Creekside Bed and Breakfast.

• Trustees received a treasurer's report showing $186,709 in the general checking account; $275,949 in the investment pool account; $1,797 in the e-Bay account; $164,589 in the street improvement checking account; and $300,000 in a town-owned certificate of deposit.

• The public works department reports that an energy audit of facilities is being reviewed in a search for ways to lower the town energy bills. New thermostats and more efficient heating appliances are on the upgrade list.

• Potholes are a seasonal concern for street crews. "We are compiling a list of the potholes that are coming to the surface as we see them," states the public works report. Potholes are the result of wet winter weather.

• Trustees accepted a recommendation from the historic preservation board to include the building at 108 West Main Street into the town's historic preservation designation program. The building is owned by George Martinez who operates the Hair Port styling salon. The building previously served as a newspaper office. Trustees suggested the building be officially inducted into the historic building program during the Celebrate Cedaredge spring street fair.

• Trustees reviewed details of a "backflow prevention and cross connection control program" that will require owner installation of water backflow prevention devices on certain of the town domestic water service customer connections.

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