During a specially called meeting last Thursday, the Greenwood City Council agreed to let the Police Department use funds from a recent equipment and vehicle auction for three new computers and software.
The Police Department’s portion of the auction proceeds were $4,686. Cost for the computers and upgrades is $4,572.
New computers, Police Chief Will Dawson said, will replace outdated or malfunctioning models. The department will purchase only towers, Dawson said, and keep keyboards and monitors.
"The two that are on the fritz, and the one the captain’s using, were seized computers from cases where the computers were turned over anywhere from six years ago on," he said. "They definitely got their use for being free. They are just not functional any more or are so slow we can’t use them."
Included in the cost is replacement software for accident diagrams. The Department is currently using Vizio, but plans to upgrade to CADZone.
"This software was something that was installed in the 1990s," Dawson said. "So we’re going to replace that for a total of $1,011. That will be on four computers."
Mayor Del Gabbard also asked the council to consider giving a part-time employee in the finance department additional hours to fill in for a water department employee on maternity leave for six weeks.
Council members said they were OK with the plan as long as the city’s attorney, Mike Hamby, approved and the extra hours did not require the City to pay benefits for that employee.