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County council approves $1.2 million bond

 

The LaGrange County Council gave unanimous approval for Information Technology Director Robert Murphy to move ahead with issuing $1.2 million in general revenue bonds to fund technology improvements for the county.

    High on the list of improvements is the replacement of three consoles at the 911 communication center. These consoles were first installed in the old county jail at the corner of Spring and High streets in LaGrange, then moved to the Sprint (now CenturyLink) building on Poplar St., then to the current 911 center at the county jail.

    “These units are near end-of-life,” Murphy said. He explained that the units are old enough that parts and maintenance have become a real issue and the possibility of being out of service completely grows daily.

    Other improvements include the replacement of about 100 computers; numerous servers, scanners, printers and copy machines; two repeaters for the 800-megahertz radio system; diagnostic software and hardware for the highway department; and software for the GIS department including 2 ft. contour lines and vehicle tracking software.

    A fiber optic cable to connect all of the county buildings in the town of LaGrange is also included in the plan. Those buildings are the sheriff’s office, county courthouse, county office building, county health department, and county highway department.

    “These changes will produce long-term savings for the county,” Murphy explained. “Maintenance and parts are quite expensive and increasing every year.”

    Council President Jac Price appointed Ryan Riegsecker to serve on an IT committee. This committee will be helping to prioritize and decide the items needed in the technology upgrade. Others on the committee include IT Director Murphy, Heather Neiman, Commissioner George Bachman, and a representative from the sheriff’s office, county highway, courthouse, county annex building, and county health department.

    Council also voted to approve a change in the county handbook regarding nepotism. The county commissioners approved the change at their May 7 meeting. This change aligns the county policy with the state law passed during this year’s legislative session that becomes law July 1 of this year.