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home : government : government August 1, 2014


4/10/2013 12:09:00 PM
Cameron Board OKs computer lab study

The Cameron Village Board asked a group looking into the use of a computer lab at the Cameron Community Center to continue its study and bring back more information.
Last month the board approved forming a committee to begin looking at issues regarding the adequacy of the computer lab at the center. In his first report to the board Howard Hanson, the committee chair, said the group has begun to explore questions like whether or not there would be sufficient use of the lab to warrant upgrading it, what kind of upgrade is needed and what would be the cost.
He said the equipment there now-much of it surplus from the school district-has too many limitations with regard to operating system software and graphics handling ability to be useful for classes provided through WITC-Rice Lake.
His preliminary guess is that refurbishing the lab would cost at least several thousand dollars up to as much as $10,000.
Fund-raising for that size of project would be a primary issue, Hanson said.
He said the group has considered sharing the computer labs at the high school or middle school, but noted that this would mean classes would be at night-a less than ideal situation for senior citizens, especially during the winter.
The Community Center shares a building with the library and senior center. And there was some discussion about a conflict among senior center crafters who use the room that houses the computer lab for their craft projects.
Trustee Jim Turner suggested that the committee take a look at a computer lab that might serve both library patrons and community/senior center users.
Hanson agreed that the idea should be further explored. He asked the board's permission for the committee to continue its study. Permission granted.
In other business before the board, trustees:
• Approved the purchase of a new Volvo backhoe for $39,750 after trade in of the village's current 2006 John Deere backhoe.
• Gave the Street Committee the OK to seek bids for storm sewer/street project that would eliminate major water problem at the intersection of North 10th Street and Pine Avenue. Randy Hill, committee chair, said the bids would help the village in planning for the project.
• Approved an additional set of conditions regarding a conditional use permit granted to Floyd Mathews for the property at 1450 W. Poplar St. Among other things it gives Mathews an additional 6 months to bring the property up to code.
• Set the villagewide spring cleanup day for May 18.
• Approved spending of $1,211 for new doors, a baby changing station and soap dispenser in the toilets at Guy Speirs Park. The board also discussed plans for a play area/water feature at that park.

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