Lyndeborough selectmen look at technology upgrades; two options presented

LYNDEBOROUGH – Facing the possible need for a major upgrade of the computer systems in the town offices, selectmen and members of the Budget Committee met on Oct. 10 with representatives of RMon Networks, the company that has been providing services for the past four years.

RMon President and CEO Tim Howard was among those present.

RMon technician Yroark Lindsay said there are “some remediation concerns,” as well as the age of some of the equipment, and the fact that Microsoft will stop supporting some programs in 2020.

Two options were presented: a five-year lease and a three-year lease which was recommended. Upgrades would include replacing hardware, updated software, combining some aspects of the Police Department with the town system, a new rapid recover system and off-site storage capability.

Much of the upgrade depends on current discussions with TDS, the Internet provider, for high-speed Internet.

Cost of the upgrades was estimated at about $41,000.

Former Selectman Steve Brown, who has also served in several other offices, said, “There’s no doubt what you are proposing is a lot better than what we have.” He said the selectmen need to consider three things: What is our current usage? What do we need? And what will it cost?

He also asked if this could be done incrementally. Lindsay said that “could be worked out.”

Asked if the upgrade could include “a computer available to the public if broadband width is installed,” Lindsay said they had done that in other towns.

Town Administrator Russ Boland said the board has been working with the school district, which has upgraded to high-speed Internet, as well as with TDS.

Also discussed was the upgrade of the present “wired-in copper” phone system

RMon provided a proposal, prepared by Lindsay, which included Network Infrastructure.

The selectmen accepted the report for study. They will also meet with representatives of TDS.

In other business, it was announced the Street Lighting Committee will make a report on Oct. 24.

Discussions are continuing on replacing the roof on the Artillery Shed.

Eagle Scout Candidate Matt Deware has completed the storage shed at the Center Road garage.

An ambulance agreement will be formally signed with Wilton and Temple on Oct. 22.