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Plano City Hall. ( photo by Mark Harrington)

Plano aldermen will seek approval again for a city-purchased laptop for themselves and four other city officials for governmental purposes.

Listed as “reconsider” on the 6 p.m. agenda tonight, the purchase and price would be from Reliable Computer Services of Plano for 12 laptops, a server, and software. Some aldermen have pushed for a delay while the city starts at this meeting on a new budget which could be approved in May.

Two months ago, computers totaling nearly $21,000 failed by one vote despite being previously budgeted for the purchase. Plano Mayor Bob Hausler also was against the idea.

In the vote, aldermen Scott Mulliner, Stephen DeBolt, Tommy Johns and Barb Nadeau said no while aldermen Mike Rennels, John Fawver, and Jamal Williams supported the purchase. 

Concerns from Plano Alderperson Barb Nadeau centered on policies have been addressed as a technology policy will be discussed only in the 7 p.m. committee of the whole meeting. Each alderman and four city heads will be required to sign for personal city-paid laptops or other city-issued electronic devices. 

In addition, a three-year computer maintenance agreement for $25,000 a year from Reliable Computer Services of Plano is up for a vote. A remote help desk will be established, including 24-7 emergency services. 

Elsewhere, Plano City Treasurer Zoila Gomez will provide a report on the financial impact to Plano on Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker’s 10 percent reduction from the state’s local government distributive fund which is supplied by a designated portion of the state income tax. 

Back again for the Plano City Council discussion or vote is a new city employee holiday on the Friday or before June 19th for Juneteenth observance, which commemorates the 1865 official ending of slavery three years after the Emancipation Proclamation.