The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, December 11, 1987, Image 3

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I 1. Ner- nk pa id and >ly and (inko’s nagne- 7 x cases ganto it case, pages, :'owl, ice the . As y were :esl before im mi She is nalsto o Ster \ Friday, December 11,1987/The Battalion/Page 3 State and Local CS council passes plan to buy computer system By Mark Gee Staff Writer Luck has been on the side of Col- je Station’s city government dur ing its wait for a computerized man agement system. Last night, the College Station City Council voted unanimously not to chance disaster when it approved a 5-year, $3 million plan to purchase reliable computer systems and software for the city’s service depart ments. “We’ve been lucky,” Public Rela tions Director Peggy Calliham said, that we haven’t had a major crisis with the city’s payroll or utilities bil- '«■” . Pushing luck has worked to the council’s advantage, Calliham said, because computer prices have dropped in the past several years while the technology has advanced. The wait has also given the council the opportunity to evaluate other cit ies, she said. A crisis in utilities billing would mean long lines for the 30,000 stu dents, faculty and employees of Texas A&M who live in College Sta tion. Linda Piwonka, the utilities billing supervisor, said she can’t imagine the long lines if the billing computer was to break during a peak week in May or August when students are requesting utility deposit returns and establishing utility accounts. She said there was a minor crisis when a computer broke the first week in May. Her office wrote all service or ders by hand, which took twice as long as using the computer. “We’re lucky the breakdown wasn’t the third week in May when students want their utility deposits back,” Piwonka said. “That’s why we’re changing the system now.” The system allows each depart ment to buy the equipment to meet its specific needs. The $427,000 for this fiscal year will be generated from contingency funds and unap propriated interest earnings. Over the next four years, the system will be paid by income generated from the utility department, debt service funds and utility revenue bonds. The council will not raise property tax rates to purchase the system. The computerized information system will also help College Station plan for growth. Utilities Depart ment Director John Woody said a new computer mapping system will be linked to customer billing. “With this new system,” Woody said, “I’ll be able to do a better job of making sure the power system can meet the customer’s needs. The quality of electrical supply is impor tant in the computer age.” Currently, Woody’s utility depart ment uses a map that has been up dated for 20 years with pins. Color- coded thumbtacks mark utility lines. The old system relies on employees in the utility department who re member where the lines were laid. Cisneros meets Gorbachev, pushes grassroots politics SAN ANTONIO (AP) —Mayor Henry Cisneros said Thursday night he told Soviet leader Mikhail Gorba chev that grassroots politics would be the key to restructuring the Com munist country. Cisneros was among six leaders from across the nation who met with Gorbachev and other Soviet leaders during a breakfast meeting Thurs day at the Soviet Embassy. Cisneros, Class of ’68, is a former member of the Board of Regents. Cisneros, the past president of the National League of Cities, said he told Gorbachev that the United States’ strength lies within its system of decentralized government and the country’s ethnic diversity. “I suggested to him that most of the big problems that confront the society, like transforming our educa tional system and dealing with our racial diversity, are going to be set tled lower in the federal system,” Cisneros said. “I said if he wanted to accomplish what he wanted to accomplish . . . their total restructuring of Soviet so ciety, that he would have to devise a system where there was more initia tive and more vitality at the grass roots level working its way up, in stead of a top-down, centralized, planned structure, and that our ex perience was that that was more ef- snt Gov- the Sen' [e centfl liter the obi- ;nt Got' read: *£ >j Heaki of ice pW efficient approv ?se eif Financf Battali 00 jget " ,a! the Sen- dais * lV e bee" ate d^ ie heal^ )eens^' tentio” 5 ’ that tl* rht. 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