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Spring cleanup and technology in Cicero

Spring cleanup and technology in Cicero

Spring is in the air in the town of Cicero.

Earth Day cleanup is scheduled for April 30 from 8 to 11 a.m. We are looking for residents, business owners and community groups to join us in beautifying our town. It is a perfect time to start to make our hamlets of Brewerton, Bridgeport, N. Syracuse take on the look of pride. Check out our website, ciceronewyork.net, for details. While you are browsing, it is the perfect place to look for the upcoming activities that the Parks and Recreation Department has planned for 2011.

Spring cleaning has also made its way into the Town Hall. The opportunity for residents to volunteer their expertise on specific "clean up" projects is well underway, with the most recent Information Technology Project. Most of us have a computer or two at home, and I am sure that most of us have limited ability to service our own needs when it comes to technology. Now just imagine having 50-plus computers, different configurations, different software, different manufacturers and very little if any at all documentation on any of it. Well, that is the focus of the recent IT committee-volunteers with a strong background in technology helping to develop a five-year plan for Cicero regarding the town's network, and implementation of Internet Policies and Technology Use Regulations.

As you can see, the benefit will be self-evident. Budget constraints that the town faces make it impossible to hire a full IT team to do the project. The experience that this committee of local residents brings, each with their areas of expertise, has taken the opportunity to step up to the plate and share not only time but knowledge, without a cost to the rest of the town residents. Since the first meeting, the group was able to draft a plan to assist Computer Outlet, the local company recently engaged by the town for TEC support and repair services, to start "spring cleaning." Inventory has been taken, recommendations have been made and steps are being implemented. A preventive maintenance program with continuous monitoring for a cost-efficient operating IT system will be the end result for our town.

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