MERIDEN — City Council finance committee members had few questions for city officials before voting unanimously to refer a requested $66,325.48 transfer for the purchase of new computer servers for the police department.
The request, if approved by the City Council, would transfer the funds from the city’s contingency fund balance to capital equipment.
City Manager Timothy Coon, prior to the committee’s vote, described the purchase as “critical.”
Charles Carrozza, the city’s director of information technology, said the existing servers are seven years old, dating back to 2014.
Carrozza said the server purchase is needed to “line up” with those at city hall “to be able to give us more redundancy in operations. This will also be able to accommodate the expansion of the virtual servers we have.”
He added by making the purchase before next year, the city would save between $30,000 to $40,000.
City Councilor Dan Brunet asked officials to explain how the transfer would impact the contingency fund balance.
Finance Director Kevin McNabola, in response, explained the contingency fund currently has $400,000 budgeted. The transfer would bring that balance down to a little more than $330,000.
“Overall, the need for the servers is a critical need,” McNabola said. He added the transfer would be the first expenditure to come out of the city’s contingency fund this year.
In other action, the finance committee also approved referring fire officials’ request to execute a contract for third-party inspections of fire suppression systems, including sprinklers, in businesses and other facilities throughout the city. The third party system uses an internet-based tool called BRYCER-Compliance Engine, according to the resolution.
Coon explained there would be no costs to the city. He said the vendor would collate all inspections of fire suppression systems and upload the results.
“The vendor charges the business $15 for the upload. The fire marshal’s office has the ability to see the results of the tests,” Coon said. “This allows for us to avoid having to go to these businesses four times a year to do inspections, to see the reports.”