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Posted on Oct 6, 2018

Port of Quincy decides on technology purchase

The Port of Quincy commissioners settled on a technology package after wrangling with the idea again at their Sept. 26 meeting.
All three commissioners were present.
With the completion of two new rooms inside the eastern building of the Quincy Valley Business & Conference Center, the former Heartland building, commissioners again discussed adding technology in the building.
One focus was to add technology that would support Big Bend Community College classes, which are being held in three rooms in the conference center. The commissioners have a number of times before discussed high-tech equipment and what capabilities would be appropriate to add, for BBCC class use as well as other organizations that may use the rooms.
Commissioners looked over proposals from Key Methods, the port’s new information technology support company, including smart TVs that laptops can access. They talked about what combination of devices would meet needs economically and whether all four rooms in the building available for meetings needed to be equipped.
Commissioner Curt Morris asked the staff whether a quantity discount would be lost if the port outfitted only two rooms with high-tech tools. Commissioner Patric Connelly suggested not doing things in a piecemeal fashion.
The commissioners pushed through to a conclusion, choosing a technology package that will cost the port between $14,000 and $15,000, Connelly said, and will outfit four rooms while keeping some of the current devices in use.
Turning their attention to the port’s Colockum Ridge Golf Course, Chris Dowd said there has been more play than usual lately. He was in the middle of planning to air-ify the turf as the season winds down. Morris asked if the course’s operating expenses this year are about what could be expected in years ahead, and that started the commissioners and Dowd on a broad and theoretical discussion of Colockum Ridge’s finances and purpose.
Dowd said there would naturally be some equipment needing to be replaced as it ages. Connelly said that when the port took on the course it was expected to lose money, but it was wanted as a community asset.
Commissioner Brian Kuest said the port must be a good steward of tax money.
No action was taken on the subject, but the subject is likely to be revisited.
In other port business, Morris said the port is working to create a proposal for an agreement with a company interested in running the port’s intermodal facility. Previously, the port had said that Gary Schoessler with Dove Trucking was interested in managing and marketing the intermodal yard on contract.
Larry Julius, of Gray & Osborne engineering, is pursuing funding possibilities for the George Community Hall board, as it faces the hefty project of replacing the hall’s roof – not just getting new shingles, but rebuilding the roof structure.
Julius also told port commissioners that there was a good level of interest in the George water line project, a landmark project that will bring city water north of the interstate. He said that 15 potential bidders were interested in the project.

By Dave Burgess,