Elliot Lake council approved a recommendation to retrofit the city’s security systems at its various municipal facilities.
The retrofit recommendation came from public works and the IT department and was presented to council at its regular meeting Tuesday evening by acting director of public works Bill Goulding.
“Currently, there are a number of different security system and monitoring providers for city facilities, each with different systems installed at different buildings,” Goulding said in his report. “Staff has an appetite to consolidate these services under one provider, and given the currently installed equipment and the technical capabilities of systems available from available providers, staff believes that the most appropriate and cost-effective way forward is to engage Vipond Inc. for these services."
The security services consolidation with Vipond Inc. will save the city about $30,000 annually. Cost to amalgamate the services with the one company is $27,020 plus HST and will be divided among the respective facilities operating budgets.
Moving to Vipond Inc. as a provider to upgrade the associated equipment would remove the need for ongoing landline phone service to several buildings. Goulding said the change will not impact current phone services available to city departments.