McMahan, who seemed displeased with the current IBM mainframe, asked when the county was going to get a better one.
"IBM has a gun to our head and this is 1970 technology," he said. "They make us spend $125,000 just because they have a little update and we can't keep it running without their update."
Pibil told the councilman that the county is in the process of migrating certain applications to a server-based application so they don't have to rely on the current mainframe as much.
He said ideally the county would be off of the mainframe in five years.
The final IT contract the board approved Thursday is for the purchase of the central office exchange service used by all county agencies for an amount not to exceed $417,708.94 from Verizon Maryland Inc., of Dallas Texas.
The Centrex (central office exchange service) phone service contract is for one year.
Pibil commented that in the future the county hopes they can offload the work internally when the HMAN (Harford County Metro Area Network) fiber optic project becomes operational.
He said it would be a "fairly significant procurement, but will save us money down the road" when that happens.
McMahan called Centrex "antiquated" and said "it should've been out of here 10 years ago."
More improvements will be made at the intersection of Hess Road and Route 152 in Fallston, Willow Chase Drive at Wheel Road, Willowdale Drive at Wheel Road and Tollgate Road at the MacPhail roundabout.
Romano Concrete Construction Inc., of Laurel, was awarded the contract for $311,199.
Rick Bates, with the department of public works, said the improvements included a right lane to be put on Hess Road at Route 152 and a roundabout at MacPhail and Tollgate.
Asplundh Tree Expert Co., of Odenton, will provide regular and emergency roadway tree trimming and removal services for $1,033,052.80.
The renewed contract is for one year with one remaining optional year.
Reflective sign material
Reflective sheeting for road signs to meet federal requirements will be purchased for $115,000 from 3M Corporation of St. Paul, Minn.
"Due to new federal requirements," read a memo from Tonye Cornbrooks, highways management assistant, to Henderson, "any new street signs installed have to be replaced with the higher reflectivity product [and] any school bus signs have to be installed with a fluorescent yellow green sheeting, which both are much more expensive, so this necessitates the need for increased funds."
Liquid bituminous material for road tar and chip applications will be purchased for $515,280 from Hammaker East LP, of Fayetteville, Pa.
Cornbrooks told the board the material is a sealant to prevent water damage to the road.
Johnson Controls Inc., of Sparks, and RLS Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, of Curtis Bay, will provide HVAC maintenance and repair in county facilities for an amount not to exceed $500,000.
The contract is for one year with two one-year renewals.