The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors approved a 36-month contract with Iowa Telecom for telephone service.
The contract is expected to save the county about $2,000 a year and provide expanded service.
Doug Jensen of Iowa Telecom was present at the Tuesday supervisor meeting and at a previous meeting to discuss the new service.
Iowa Telecom will provide a credit to reimburse the county for the penalty of opting out of the contract with the other company.
Jensen explained that presently, the county has a maximum capacity of 16 phone calls from all county offices, including at the courthouse, engineer's office and law enforcement center. This is usually sufficient but would not be in the case of a large scale disaster. The new phone service will provide 50 lines.
Many of the features of the present service that the county is being charged for became redundant the last time the phones themselves were upgraded. The county will no longer be charged for a feature that is built into the phones.
All county offices will continue to have the same phone numbers. The first two numerals after the 225 Cherokee prefix are 67 for all county numbers. For example, the county auditor's office number is 225-6704.
This is also true for the Cherokee School District. For example, the number for Washington High School is 225-6755.