Al­der­men OK fund­ing for new au­dio sys­tem

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Ariél Zangla [email protected]­manon­line.com

Al­der­men ap­prove fund­ing to re­place a faulty au­dio sys­tem in the Com­mon Coun­cil cham­ber at City Hall.

A short time af­ter the ma­jor­ity leader’s speech was in­ter­rupted by shrill feed­back from the mi­cro­phone he was us­ing, al­der­men ap­proved fund­ing to re­place the au­dio sys­tem in the Com­mon Coun­cil cham­ber at City Hall.

The Com­mon Coun­cil on Tues­day evening unan­i­mously adopted a res­o­lu­tion to in­crease a pre­vi­ously au­tho­rized in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy bond by $35,000 to pay for the new sys­tem. The new sys­tem would re­place one that has failed to work prop­erly over the past sev­eral years.

“We all know that we need a newer or more up­dated sound sys­tem in here, as demon­strated to­day,” Al­der­man Tony Davis, D-Ward 6, said just be­fore the vote. He thanked the city’s di­rec­tor of in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy, Kyle McIn­tosh, for re­spond­ing to the need for a new sys­tem and putting to­gether the bids to pur­chase one.

Ear­lier in the meet­ing, Ma­jor­ity Leader Reynolds Scott-Chil­dress, D-Ward 3, had been ad­dress­ing the au­di­ence when his mi­cro­phone be­gan to mal­func­tion, caus­ing a shrill squeal­ing noise to tem­po­rar­ily fill the coun­cil cham­ber. That was fol­lowed by an echo­ing noise as Scott-Chil­dress con­tin­ued his speech.

McIn­tosh pre­vi­ously told al­der­men the mi­cro­phones the city has for its au­dio sys­tem are at least 15 years old, with the ex­cep­tion of a few pur­chased more re­cently. He added that there was an ad­di­tional ur­gency to up­grade the sys­tem be­cause the Fed­eral Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Com­mis­sion has told the city it has to be off its cur­rent fre­quency by July 2020 beause T-Mo­bile has pur­chased it for its phone ser­vice.

At the time he met with al­der­men, McIn­tosh said he had ob­tained two bids for a new sys­tem and still needed to get a third. One of the bids he pre­sented cost ap­prox­i­mately $31,000, while the other was ap­prox­i­mately $37,000.

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