County to upgrade IT system

By Kristen Tribe | Published Saturday, August 2, 2014

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Wise County’s information technology (IT) system needs a bigger pipe, according to Prince Computing Corp.

Commissioners Monday approved a contract with the company to update the county’s IT system and help them devise a five-year plan. The contract is capped at $35,000, which is less expensive than County Judge Glenn Hughes anticipated.

“According to what they’ve already determined, we have a little bitty pipe to send all of our technology through, and we need a bigger pipe,” he said with a laugh. “And that pretty well sums it up. People who know more about IT than I do were really impressed [with their July 16 presentation to department heads] and said it was something we should do.

“After the meeting, everybody felt great and seemed excited about some of the things we could do right away that weren’t earth-shattering,” Hughes said.

He indicated Wise County’s system doesn’t match up with those in other counties of similar size, but he hopes this action will get the county up to speed.

Another piece of equipment that needs updating is the elevator in the courthouse. Hughes told commissioners it doesn’t meet modern-day standards.

“We have to put in a double cylinder,” he said. “And it’s very expensive.”

He said Otis Elevator, the company that currently maintains the elevator, estimated the cost at $60,000.

“But that seems astronomical to me,” he said. He asked commissioners to approve seeking bids for the work.

In other business, commissioners:

  • presented a plaque to Craig Johnson honoring his wife, the late Terri Johnson, and her service to the county as justice of the peace in Precinct 2; and
  • accepted donations including $500 from the Alvord Cemetery to Public Works and $550.56 from Cans for Canines to the animal shelter.

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