Newtown Township

Technology Committee

Minutes of the meeting of October 28, 2008

The Newtown Township Technology Committee met on October 28 2008 in the lower level meeting room. In attendance were: Chairman Edward Lipski and members Robert Bowers, Michael Horan and Richard Thompson.

Call to Order

Mr. Lipski called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM.

Police Dept. Update

Mr. Horan reported that he had met with someone from the York, PA City Police to discuss use of in-car computers. The York Police Department is successfully using J-Net.

Mr. Lipski said that he would like to investigate costs associated with licensing, monthly fees and a wireless network system to connect the police cars. He said that he would speak to Mr. Bowe about this, as he believes that the Township is already using Verizon.

Municipal Complex Technology Recommendations

The Committee reviewed the architectural plans for the new administration building to plan recommendations for wired/wireless connections.

Mr. Bower said that he would speak to a friend of his who works as a Professional Engineer on similar projects. He would forward any pertinent comments to the members in advance of next month’s meetings. He said that of particular concern is security with wireless environments. This can be effectively addressed.

The Committee discussed the advantages of wireless capability, especially in public meeting spaces and conference areas.

The members looked at the current servers. They suggested that the power conditioner and UPS’s should be upgraded.

Looking at the architectural plans, electrical drops were noted. The recording secretary will contact the Assistant Township Manager about more detailed plans for electrical, phone and internet cables. If there are electronic copies of these plans, they will be provided to Committee members.

Mr. Lipski said that some additional research should be done, but that the Committee should be ready to make a recommendation on whether to use wired or wireless or a combination in the new administration building at the November meeting.

Other Business

Mr. Lipski reported that he had met with Park and Recreation Director Kathy Pawlenko about that department’s current uses and future needs. He would table reporting until the November meeting.

The meeting adjourned at 8:45 PM.


Respectfully Submitted:


Mary Donaldson, Recording Secretary