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ST. MATTHEWS – Calhoun County officials say a new telephone system will provide significant savings.

During Monday’s meeting, council members unanimously approved entering into a new contract with Windstream, a company the county is familiar with.

“Right now we have a maintenance contract with Windstream for our voice over IP system, our Mitel telephone system,” County Deputy Administrator and CFO Denise Christmas said

“The equipment is becoming obsolete, so Windstream wants to amend our contract and install new equipment,” Christmas said. “They came two weeks ago and did a presentation for Robert, our IT manager, and myself and it looks really nice.”

Christmas said the new contract will result in savings for the county.

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The county’s current contract has a five-year cost of $906,062. The five-year cost of the new contract will be $654,772, which is a savings of $251,290.

Council members also approved a motion to sell the old Windstream equipment once the new equipment is installed.

Also during the meeting:

• Council approved a motion to enter contract negotiations with J.R. Wilburn & Associates for the study of the Calhoun County Building and Planning Department. The county is seeking a company to review the department’s ordinances, policies, planning documents, zoning documents and maps.

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• Council approved a motion to amend its contract with SAFEbuilt, Inc. to allow the company to include new items and integrate its computer software onto the county’s computers.

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Bradley Harris is a Government and Sports Reporter. The Irmo, SC native is a 2018 graduate of Claflin University and recipient of the 2018 South Carolina Press Association Collegiate Journalist of the Year Award.

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