Volume 92, Issue 77

Friday, February 12, 1999


Tan blows away competition in presidential victory

Western sees student application onslaught

Police bug for more city dollars

Newfoundland students push free tuition idea

No sore election losers

Candidate results

Putting investing into student terms

Police bug for more city dollars

By Wendy Bellmore
Gazette Writer

Police should put shopping plans on hold before asking the city for additional funding as needed for their millennium bug problems, according to one city councillor.

London police are asking the city for an additional $108,000 to the $100,000 they have already received from the city for computer problems possibly associated with the Y2K bug, a world wide problem in which computers will no longer be able to recognize the last two digits of the date.

Joe Swan, councillor for Ward 2, said the police should delay expensive activities, such as purchasing new cars, before they expect funds from the city. "Everyone wants someone else to pay," he said.

London police Chief Al Gramolini said the department is asking for the money now because the original cost submitted to the city was not a finalized figure. After further investigation by Eriksson Communications, the company contracted to deal with the London police's millennium issue, the process was found to be considerably more expensive.

If the police were granted this money the city would be setting a precedent for other institutions, Swan said. "Demands from other institutions would become overwhelming. Deciding who should and should not get city funding would be too difficult.

"The additional request for funding is not within our budget and should be absorbed by the police department themselves," Swan said.

"Funding for the Y2K project is absolutely crucial to the safety of the city. Without a solution to the problem, whole operation centres which respond to city emergencies couldn't function," Gramolini said.

Elden Amoroso, director of information and technology for the London police, said the money requested will be put to good use upgrading computer and radio systems while fixing the Y2K problem. "The [London police's] capacity to respond to any emergency situation in the future will be improved," he said.

Other institutions such as London Hydro and the University Police Department, who are dealing with similar Y2K problems, are expected to pay for their solutions on their own.

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