1996 is a year where many of our plans reached
fruition. It ushered in the final phase of the R&R Programme
and eventually the successful completion.
The Town Council launched its own independent
computerisation system for the daily operation and management
of the Town Council in May 1996. This was neccessitated when
the cost of the computer services formerly provided by HDB
became too exorbitant when the Town Council last renewed
its agreememnt with HDB, rendering it no longer cost effective
to engage HDB's services.
Also not spared of fee hikes was the provision
of essential maintenance services (EMSU) by the HDB. Despite
this, HDB terminated its services in June 1996. Undaunted,
the Town Council established its own essential maintenance
services unit and took on the function of providing the service
to residents hence on. All the lifts in Hougang are however
still monitored by the HDB, a service for which the Hougang
Town Council pays a monthly fee of about $12,000.