Municipal authority debates updating control system

Discussion over updating a four-year-old control system or replacing it continued during Thursday night's Ridgway Township Municipal Authority meeting.The township's current SCADA [supervisory control and data acquisition] system, built and installed by Emerson Process in 2008, controls and monitors the tank levels and pump stations.Emerson Process proposed a cost of about $73,900 to update the township's current system with a 90-day window of opportunity that is due to expire during the last week of August.Works Superintendent Carl Gosnell recommended updating the control system to save on costs."There is a difference between upgrading and replacement," Gosnell said. "When the project was done in 2006 there were two quotes on the table for the SCADA system. One was from Emerson for around $80,000 and one was from another company and it was about $115,000 for a SCADA system that would monitor only. Emerson's system was monitor and control. I don't know if it would be any cheaper six years later but replacing a system would be more expensive than upgrading a system unless you replaced it with an inferior product. You can get a cheaper product there's no doubt in my mind."Official William Seely recommended meeting with an Emerson representative during the September meeting.Pick up a copy of the Friday, Aug. 3, 2012 edition of The Ridgway Record for more.Next meetingRidgway TownshipMunicipal AuthorityThursday, Sept. 67 p.m.Municipal Building