FRONTENAC — The Frontenac City Council approved the purchase of new records management software for the Frontenac Police Department at its regular meeting Tuesday.

The council decided to go with Information Technologies, Inc. out of St. Louis, Missouri. The new records management system will improve record keeping in FPD, as well as help officers spend less time filing reports and more time on patrol and responding to calls.

“Our department is still doing reports on paper,” City Administrator Brad Reams said. “This is going to get us on the right side of technology and increase our productivity.”

Originally, the city had looked at the possibility of contracting with the City of Pittsburg and Crawford County for records management, but could get the technology up and running faster with ITI.

“This is something our chief, John Zafuta, wanted to implement as soon as possible,” Reams said.

Reams said if the opportunity to contract with Pittsburg or the county is available in the future, the city will have the option to discontinue services with ITI.

ITI is used by Bourbon and Cherokee counties, as well as the Ft. Scott Police Department.

The council also approved a change order for its ongoing sewer project. The change order is an addition to the contract to put in a new sewer line, which can handle double the capacity of the pump station in that area.

“We had some problems in that area in the past,” Reams said. “This will be quite an improvement for the residents on that system.”

The council had demonstrations of two street sweepers earlier Tuesday, and tabled the purchase of a sweeper until the next meeting. Two council members were absent from Tuesday’s meeting.

“That is a major purchase,” Reams said. “So the council wanted all members to be present before going forward.”

The council discussed contacting Westar Energy about lighting improvements between Cayuga Street and Rotary Park. Reams Contacted Westar Wednesday, and said the company plans to do a light study to determine the best course of action.

Lastly, the council announced it will host a Badges and Burgers event at the Frontenac High School football field October 20 during Frontenac’s game against Columbus. The event will benefit the United Way.

The City of Frontenac is also participating in Paint the Town Red this week, and has City Hall decked out in crimson and gold.

— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at choener@morningsun.net or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.