County looks at information system

By Kristen Tribe | Published Saturday, July 26, 2014

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Elected officials are taking a hard look at the county’s computer system.

County Judge Glenn Hughes told commissioners at their July 14 meeting that he’d been in talks with Prince Computing Corp. about reviewing the county’s information technology (IT) system.

“They’ll tell us what we need to get to the 21st century,” he said.

A Prince representative on July 16 gave a presentation to county department heads with the exception of commissioners. Since it wasn’t a public meeting, all commissioners couldn’t attend, but Precinct 4 Commissioner Gary Potts and Hughes were present.

They will likely give a report in Monday’s regular commissioners meeting.

Hughes told commissioners in the July 14 meeting that the cost would be “about $125 per hour,” but the company was not charging for the initial consultation and meetings.

“All I’m really doing today is letting you know that we’re considering this … it’s not a contract,” Hughes said.

The judge said Prince would audit the county’s entire system and help them devise a five-year plan for IT. He explained that he thought it would save money in the long run because equipment purchases would be made according to a plan and everything would be compatible.

“If we buy three computers and they’re not compatible with monitors or servers or anything else, it causes us to go buy five more,” he said. “I’m not saying anyone has done anything wrong.

“I’m just saying we need some help in telling us where we need to be.”

Precinct 3 Commissioner Harry Lamance said he thinks everyone agrees improvement is needed.

“Most department heads I’ve talked to feel this is mandatory,” Hughes said.

In Monday’s meeting, commissioners will hear a presentation by Extension agents Todd Vineyard and Chrissy Karrer on summer 4-H activities. Wise County 4-Hers who were awarded scholarships at Texas 4-H Roundup will also be recognized.

In other business, each commissioner will present their annual road reports.

The meeting is at 9 a.m. in the third-floor conference room of the Wise County Courthouse in Decatur.

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