Conway City Council members decided Tuesday night to hold off on a decision about the new sound system for the council meetings.

Mayor Tab Townsell said the city council needs its own system separate from the district court, which meets in the same space.

"We currently are basically trying to run three separate systems through the same system," Townsell said, referring to the court system, the city council meetings and streaming the city council to television. "Trying to do all three of those has been problematic."

He said the district court is content with the system they have. Problems come up for city council when they have to reconfigure the desks before a meeting.

Townsell also said about every three meetings they get a complaint from someone attending the meeting about not being able to hear the aldermen.

The city reached out to three separate vendors —two local companies and one from Tennessee — to put together proposals for the project.

Advanced Sound Technology from Conway, DeBoard Electronics from Conway and Interactive Solutions from Memphis, Tenn. were the three companies to submit proposals.

Jack Bell, assistant to the mayor, said the two local proposals were similar while the proposal from the Tennessee company included "an extremely more advanced system."

The two Conway-based proposals would include an updated system and the Memphis-based proposal is more of a high-tech computer-controlled system.

"According to the Conway Corporation technicians that work on this, it’s a very ‘cool’ system," Bell said. "Its an extremely more advanced system."

The more advanced system would cost $25,021 while the system from Advanced Sound Technology costs $9,365 and the system from DeBoard costs $11,732.

Some aldermen said if they were going to do this project they wanted to make sure they did it right, but there was not a consensus about what was too much, too little or just right for the council’s needs.

There was some speculation that the more advanced system’s 15 ceiling speakers for the room was overkill. The room currently has six speakers.

The council decided seek more information about the specific needs for both the television audio and the in-house amplification before deciding on a system or vendor.

(Staff writer Angela Spencer can be reached by email at angela.spencer@thecabin.net or by phone at 505-1212.

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