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The Shelby County Commission met with Chariton Valley and Mark Twain Telephone on Monday, August 23 about their bids for a new phone system.
After discussion and all questions were answered, the Commission had a better idea of the phone bids.
Chariton Valley submitted a bid of $19,666.99 with a monthly recurring charge of $900.00 per month. Mark Twain submitted a bid of $7,920.00 onetime equipment fee $200.00 to port over 18 numbers for a total equipment and porting fee of $8,120.00. Estimated installation charges are $12,000 for 26 additional drops. If the commission committed to a 60-month term, installation charges would be reduced to $8,000.00, for a total of $16,120.00 one-time cost and recurring charges of $654.10 per month.
According to Presiding Commissioner Glenn Eagan, the courthouse was paying roughly $1,250 per month with Century Link.
Making this change with the new monthly cost will save the county $630.00 per month in recurring charges.
Eastern Commissioner Tom Shively made a motion to approve Mark Twain’s bid to install the new phone system in the courthouse. Western Commissioner Terry Mefford seconded the motion. Motion passed with all voting yes.
Eagan said Thursday, September 2, he was not sure when the new phone system would be installed.