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Weston to replace outdated computer fleet

5:06 PM, May 26, 2013  |  Comments
Katie Hoffman
Katie Hoffman
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Officials plan within the next year to replace the village of Weston's computer fleet, which includes staff members' desktop units that span about 20 years.

Village Administrator Daniel Guild said it will cost the village about $25,000 to update 15 to 20 machines, and the expense could be paid for with savings in salaries from unexpected employee retirements this year. The village also saved money originally budgeted for health insurance when employees dropped coverage to switch to their spouses' plans.

The village in August will look at savings to determine how to pay for the updates, which will be done by the end of the year.

Guild said the switch to updated computers will aid in his goal to develop the staff to better use technology to communicate with residents.

"It will put staff members with older computers and software on an even playing field," he said.

In other news on the south-metro beat:

? The Weston Village Board on Monday discussed possible changes to its committee structure to help make the groups more effective.

One committee related specifically to buildings and grounds hasn't met in more than a year, Guild said, because most issues are handled by the Public Works Committee.

The village also discussed merging the Economic Development Committee with a Community Development Authority.

"It's about cleaning up our process," Guild said.

? The village of Weston will publish this summer the results of a resident satisfaction survey they sent out earlier this year.

The survey asked residents questions about household demographics, shared services and consolidation. Guild said a majority of responses were positive in regard to sharing services.

"Hopefully, that means we're traveling in a direction public wants us to go," said Guild, who hopes to make the survey an annual process.

Of the 1,500 surveys sent out, about 350 were sent back to the village.

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