Wayland City Council approves cyber security measures
BY BROOKS TAYLOR
Mt. Pleasant News
WAYLAND — City council members took care of some computer/cyber security measures during Wednesday night’s regular meeting at the recommendation of the city’s insurance carrier — the Iowa Communities Assurance Pool (ICAP).
Approval was given to a quote from Shift 9 Labs for added computer security to prevent ransomware from surfacing on computers. Shift 9 Labs works in collaboration with Farmtel Communications, the city’s Internet provider. Wayland will pay $460 per year for the enhancement.
In a corresponding move, the council approved a resolution approving an acceptable use policy which relates to computer usage and avoiding random sites.
The measures were suggested by ICAP. ICAP recently expanded its employee roster to add an IT technician or loss-control person, said Bev Conrad, Wayland City Clerk.
Council members reviewed and accepted a quote from L.L. Pelling for 2017 summer street work. All prices are the same as last year with the exception of cold mix, which increased by $10 a ton.
Prices quoted by Pelling include base repair and sealcoat, $3.15 per square yard; single sealcoat, $2.05 per square yard; cold-mix patching, $205 per ton. The prices are good throughout 2017.
The council passed the third reading and adopted an ordinance pertaining to the operation of off-road utility vehicles (UTVs) on city streets with a city-issued permit. The ordinance will be effective upon publication in the newspaper.
In remaining agenda items, the council approved sending city public works employees Barry Leichty and Randy Morrow to an Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities Workshop Jan. 12-13, 2017, in Ankeny.
Approval also was given to continuing the city’s energy efficiency rebate program in 2017. Through the program, city residents receive rebates for energy efficiency measures, such as purchasing and installing an energy-efficient furnace.
The meeting was the final one of the year for the council. The council’s fist meeting in 2017 will be Wednesday, Jan. 4, at 7:30 p.m. in city hall.