The council voted 4-0, with two absent from last night's meeting and another recusing himself from the decision-making process, to approve a resolution authorizing the interim city manager to administer an agreement with Centurylink for city wide area network and voice services.
Interim City Manager Frank Sweet told the council that the proposal put together by Centurylink was the "most solid" of the proposals the city received. He also cited a relationship with the company that has been beneficial to the city in the past.
In the staff report, Sweet stated that the city currently pays a little more than $6,400 a month for internet and telephone services through Centurylink. The new agreement would total just more than $5,000 a month, saving the city more than $16,000 annually.
"I like the fact that we're saving $16,000," said Councilman Nick Paulakis during the discussion.
The council questioned whether or not to pursue an agreement with the county instead. Sweet argued against it, saying that the county would simply be reselling the services of one of the other companies. He said he didn't feel it would be beneficial to the city to add a middleman to the process.
A council member noted that the county has already brought in a fiber line. Sweet said the main purpose of that line, as far as he could tell, was to connect the Sunnyside police to the Spillman (police reporting) system.
"Centurylink has stepped up for us in the past," said Sweet.
Absent from the meeting were Deputy Mayor Don Vlieger and Councilwoman Theresa Hancock. Councilman Jim Restucci recused himself from the discussion.