SALAMANCA — The Salamanca Common Council gave the go-ahead Wednesday night for the city to purchase new software for the comptroller’s office to update what those familiar with the current program call a “difficult system to navigate.”
The city is allowed to spend up to $50,000 on the software, with the money coming out of the city’s special revenue funds tied to casino revenue payments.
The purchase of the software, called Incode by Tyler Technologies, comes two months following the appointment of Kathleen Sarver to the city’s comptroller position. The city’s previous permanent comptroller, Linda Rychcik, had served in the position for nearly three decades before retiring last year.
“The current system has performed well for Linda [and for (provisional comptroller) Matt (Bull) who was trained by Linda] but is a difficult system to navigate,” said Cathie Bridges, CPA for R.A. Mercer & Co., in an email to the city’s mayor. “We have recommended for the past several years that the city consider an integrated updated accounting system.”
Bridges said the city can use the special revenue fund “as long as the city can justify the use of the economic development funds for such expenditure.” Mayor Carmen Vecchiarella said the software program is currently used by the Salamanca Board of Public Utilities as well as the city comptroller’s office in Olean.
William Ferguson, a former alderman from the city’s previous administration, noted that the software is “something that is very much needed.”
In other business at the council meeting,
- Salamanca School Superintendent Robert Breidenstein gave a roughly 30-minute presentation on the closing and potential sale of Seneca Elementary School. He included reasoning behind the decision — including shrinking enrollment, cost savings and state and federal aid impact — and answered questions from both councilmen and the public.
- Sandra Magiera, chairman of the city’s recreation commission, asked the city attorney to prepare an ordinance to raise the cost of using Crowley Park to $50. Fees are currently $20 for individuals and $30 for businesses or organizations. If passed by council, the change will take effect Jan. 1, 2014.
- Acting as the city’s board of public works prior to the council meeting, the five aldermen and mayor learned the DPW will soon commence a $5,000 drainage project on Atlantic Street to Crowley Park to better control flooding on the ballfield in the park.
- Salamanca BPU employees Keith King and David James were each recognized for 35 years of service by the New York State Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officials.