Recorder to save money on copy machine

Some diligent research by one county department will save another county department money on an equipment purchase, it was reported Monday at the Madison County commissioners meeting.

Chuck Reed, county recorder, told the commissioners the five-year lease agreement his office had with a copy machine provider was due to expire at the end of July.

Rather than renew the lease, Reed consulted with Rob Slane, county information technology director, to research copy machine vendors for the best deal.

Slane advised Reed the best deal he could negotiate is from Capital Copy Ohio Business Systems for purchase at $2,841. A lease deal with the same company for five years totaled $3,240.

Reed chose the out-right buy and commissioners approved.

In other business, three bids were submitted for the commissioners request for purchase of scaffolds for the purpose of restoration of the county courthouse.

Bids were received from Seaway Scaffold of Northwood, American Scaffolding, Inc., Cincinnati, TNT Equipment of Columbus.

Commissioner Paul Gross, upon giving the documents a cursory review, said he would need more time to examine them more closely to determine which of the three companies had the lowest and best bid.

He would report to the remaining commissioners in a subsequent meeting.

Also on Monday, Madison County Probate Court Judge Chris Brown made an early request for space on the county courthouse’s lower level, after the space is vacated by Municipal Court Judge Eric Schooley.

Brown said some space adjacent to his current space would be most desirable for record keeping. He said much of it is confidential and must be kept in secured storage. Current space is filling up.

“We’re crammed down there,” Brown said.

Commissioner David Dhume said they are taking numerous requests for additional space. They will wait until the move to the new municipal court building is completed and evaluate needs afterward.

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