Trustees looking into new audio equipment for meetings

Officials hope to upgrade the audio equipment at Lincoln Township Hall. (Don Campbell | HP Staff)

Officials hope to upgrade the audio equipment at Lincoln Township Hall. (Don Campbell | HP Staff)

By Tony Wittkowski | Business Reporter | The Herald-Palladium

STEVENSVILLE — The hard of hearing could get a reprieve for Lincoln Township board meetings.

Trustees are now looking to replace the meeting room audio equipment. After a few complaints from residents, Clerk Stacy Loar-Porter said during Tuesday’s board meeting that she began getting quotes from a computer consultant company.

The current audio system is more than 20 years old.

The Tech of Southwest Michigan, based in Stevensville, inspected the equipment and gave Loar-Porter a few estimates on replacing the current audio system.

“They had some fun taking pictures of our equipment because they had never seen it before,” Loar-Porter said.

Loar-Porter said she sat in the audience last week at a planning commission meeting and agreed there was a need for new audio equipment.

However, the endeavor will not be cheap.

For a basic replacement, Loar-Porter said the township would have to pay $6,400. To replace the entire system including speakers and a digital processor, it would cost $7,900.

“Basically, we’re talking about a whole new system,” said Treasurer Terrie Smith. “Until they get in there, they won’t know if they have to replace the wires or if they can be used. It’s an iffy situation because of how old the system is. Maybe they can salvage some of the equipment, which would bring the price down.”

Trustee Marc Florian said while the board was discussing the audio equipment, they could consider an audiovisual system that could be used as a projector for presentations.

Trustees asked Loar-Porter to get more quotes and report back.

Contact Tony Wittkowski at twittkowski@TheHP.com or (269) 932-0358. Follow him on Twitter: @tonywittkowski.

(Author’s Note: This article was originally published on June 19, 2016)

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