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December 11, 2012

Commissioners approve technology projects

By CHRIS AGEE

Palo Pinto – As District Judge Jerry Ray’s retirement date nears, county commissioners voted Monday to replace his office’s computer prior to the arrival of his successor, Mike Moore.

Information Systems Manager Joe Fenley explained the project would provide seven new computers to replace outdated models in the offices of the district judge and district clerk.

He said the cost of the computers and one printer is expected to be $6,591.97, noting he feels the project is necessary since many of the computers are more than eight years old. The printer currently used in the district clerk’s office, he said, uses costly ink cartridges, explaining a new model would significantly reduce printing costs over time.

The initial cost of replacing the equipment will come from the county computer fund, Fenley said.

County Clerk Janette Green addressed commissioners about a project her office requested in conjunction with a newly acquired plat scanner.

She said existing plats must be entered into the county’s database before staff can utilize the new scanner.

Through a government contract, she said Kofile Solutions can transfer all plats into the system, repairing any that have been damaged.

Green said the “absolute max” cost after all repairs are made will be $8,000, noting her office will begin charging $10 per sheet for plat copies.

Commissioners unanimously approved the project along with the purchase of additional security cameras for the county clerk’s office.

Green explained there is an elevated potential for theft – specifically of pages from books in the office’s basement – associated with having just one security camera.

Fenley noted the courthouse’s current camera system is full and additional cameras would be added to a new system. He said any additional cameras will feature motion activation and footage will be stored on a computer hard drive.

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