GLENS FALLS POST STAR — A new cloud-based phone system has been approved for use by all departments in the city.

The common Council on Tuesday voted to approve a contract with Northeast IS, an Albany-based telecommunications equipment supplier, for a five-year period for a cost of $22,903.60.

Mayor Bill Collins told the council during its meeting on Tuesday that the new phones and communications system are included, and that it would lead to roughly $20,000 in savings over five years.

A big plus is that every department within the city will be on the same communications system.

“It connects us all,” he said.

Collins noted that training on the new phone system will also be included in the contract.

The city has been using Northeast IS for many of its phone systems. But the Department of Public Works, the water and sewer department and the city’s fire department were not using the same systems, according to Collins. A few months ago, the DPW received a call informing the department that a new phone system was needed.

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