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Borough to get new phone system

July 25, 2006|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The borough of Chambersburg will replace what Borough Manager Eric Oyer called "a very archaic telephone system" after the Borough Council Monday night approved an agreement with Embarq.

The council Monday night approved a $157,349 contract with Embarq for the purchase and installation of equipment and another $41,000 for a five-year service agreement with the company. Oyer said the private business exchange will serve the internal and external telephone communications for about 140 phone lines.

It will replace a borough telephone that has not been upgraded for about two decades, Oyer said. In some cases, the phones themselves are quite a bit older, he said.

"The phone on my desk has been there more than 30 years," he said.

The borough has been preparing for a couple of years "to solve our internal communications problems here," Oyer said.

Money for the new system will come from reserves in the borough's general fund and its electric, gas, water, sewer and sanitation funds, Oyer said.

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Oyer said the system should be installed by the end of the year.

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