Calling for savings

Shaw vice-president Jim Pitt speaks to city councillors during an executive committee meeting on Monday, Oct. 17. © Herald photo by Jason Kerr.

City expects big savings from new telephone system contract

The City of Prince Albert has officially decided to award a new VoIP Telephone System Update contract to Shaw Communications Inc.

Originally, city councillors were expected to vote on the motion at the most recent council meeting on Oct. 11, but councillors postponed the matter, asking for more information.

On Monday, Shaw sent two representatives to present their case before an executive committee meeting. Afterwards council members voted unanimously to recommend the five-year contract be approved at the next council meeting.

Ward 6 Coun. Martin Ring moved the recommendation, and said it was a hard proposal to say no to.

“It’s a little tough not to go with the Shaw proposal given, when you start crunching the numbers, just the one time cost of it all,” he said.

Mayor Greg Dionne also spoke in favour of the recommendation, and added that local residents expected councillors to be efficient with city funds.

“For the taxpayer, that’s what it’s about. They want the lowest tax increase that we can give them, and the only way that we can give them that is by savings,” he said.

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