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HOLMES SAYS NEWSTEAD PREPARED FOR Y2K

Efforts have been made to make sure buildings and internal systems continue to function and there are no serious disruptions connected to the year 2000, Newstead Supervisor Donald C. Holmes said.

"The town has no public service delivery systems such as power grids, sewer, fuel delivery or automated traffic that it controls and maintains," Holmes said. "Our primary exposure to Y2K problems comes from in-house systems failing to operate."

The supervisor noted heating and lighting systems are electromechanical in nature and will continue to operate as long as the power stays on and natural gas flows.

"The town has been assured by the power company and state regulators that the system should function properly and can be controlled manually, if necessary," said Holmes. "However, two large generators have been acquired and can be used to provide power for the highway garage and Town Hall should there be an interruption in service."

He added that radio and cell-phone communications are available if the telephone system fails.

"Since most computers were more than two years old and operation could not be assured, all systems were replaced," said Holmes. "The hardware and operating systems are fully compliant."

Fuel for town vehicles is available from an in-house tank equipped with a mechanical pump unaffected by computer or electricity, Holmes said. Emergency medical dispatch, police services and 911 are all handled by other governmental agencies, which are believed to be compliant, he added.

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