County to begin phone overhaul

By Cecilia Fox -

MIAMI COUNTY — The county’s phone system, which has parts that date back decades, will be getting an upgrade.

The Miami County Commissioners signed an agreement Thursday with Advocate Consulting Group for the engineering and design of a phone system.

The cost of the project, which includes an assessment of the current network and project management for the implementation of the new system, is not to exceed $499,000.

IT Director Matt Watkins said that parts of the existing phone system are “considered ancient” and that there’s not much documentation of the lines that have been added over the years.

“The billing is dozens of pages long and, quite frankly, we don’t even understand it,” he said.

Watkins said the entire network will be evaluated to make sure “everything is up to snuff.”

According to Watkins, the current system has been “added to and built off of” since the ’90s. Parts of it date back to the ’70s, he added.

In other business, the commissioners approved the purchase of 30 sets of custom chair rails for the large courtroom on the third floor of the Miami County Courthouse. Seat rails break and need to be replaced several times a year. They are made from formed aluminum composite.

The cost is not to exceed $6,900, including the molds, machine tooling, finishing and delivery. A quote was accepted from Parker Bailey Sales in Covington.

By Cecilia Fox

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