The city of Racine may be getting into the software business.
Paul Ancona, director of information systems, hopes to sell the city's time management computer program to the city of Wauwatosa for $48,000 with an annual $8,000 tech support contract. The program was written by employees contracted by the city.
Ancona presented his plan to the Finance and Personnel Committee on Monday. He said the sale has a good chance because Wauwatosa budgeted $50,000 for the new software, but the closest bid from private contractors was $90,000. "It looks like it could work out," Ancona said.
Alderman Mike Shields asked about the support agreement and whether it would take away from the city. Ancona said it wouldn't. A separate phone line would be established for Wauwatosa and any extra work would be absorbed by the contractors who provide technical support for the city.
The agreement includes $8,000 up front for support, plus a billing rate of $80 per hour. The city pays $70 per hour for support, Ancona said.
Following the meeting, Ancona said Wauwatosa's interest suggests potential for additional sales. The city is sending an employee to a trade conference to gauge interest in Racine's program, he said.
Alderman Terry McCarthy is joining the Finance and Personnel Committee. He replaces former committee Chairman Tom Friedel, who left to first become mayor and then city administrator. Alderman Jim Spangenberg is chairman of the committee and City Council President Q.A. Shakoor II will be vice chairman. Aldermen Bob Anderson and Michael Shields also serve on the powerful committee, which reviews all spending proposals in the city.