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Lanesboro city considers new software purchase

Fri, Jan 25th, 2008
Posted in Government

Lanesboro's City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman would like the city council to approve a software upgrade for the city office employees. She presented information and bid amounts to the council at the regular meeting on January 22.

The software that Vickerman would like to have for her computer and the computer of the deputy clerk is from Banyon Software, and the cost for both computers would be around $16,450. According to Vickerman, Banyon is the most widely used software, and would be used for utility billing, fund accounting and payroll. Banyon demonstrated the software to the employees recently.

"This software is way more current, and much more user-friendly," said Vickerman. She added that although it will cost a lot of money up front, it will save the city money in the long run. The much simpler program will save them a lot of time, and they will be able to use it for things they are unable to do with their current software.

There is a one day training for each of the three parts of the software; payroll, utilities and fund accounting. Vickerman also mentioned that the utilities commission really wants them to use this program.

Vickerman will be asking Banyon to give the council a demo to show how much easier and efficient it is compared to what they use now.

Vickerman also asked for approval from the council to invest some money into two different money market accounts. Currently, large amounts of money are in the city's checking account throughout the year and are not collecting a lot of interest. This way, the money would be collecting more interest and would still be accessible if needed. The council approved the investment of up to $150,000 for the city account and $100,000 for the utilities account.

Vickerman has been working on the Assessment Policy with Dillon Dumbrovski from Yaggy Colby and has a few changes recommended by Dumbrovski. A public hearing will be held on the policy before the regular meeting on February 18, and the final policy must be finished before the meeting on February 4.

Other Business

• Two new members were added to the EDA (Economic Development Authority); Hal Cropp and Fred Kiel.

• The council approved a 20-year contract with Dairyland Energy. The city can opt out of the variable contract every two years.

• The time for the February 4 meeting was changed to 6:30.

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