GIRARD — The Crawford County Commission discussed budget changes, as well as technology and equipment upgrades during its regular meeting Tuesday.
1. The commission had public hearings for amendments to its overall budget, as well as the budgets of fire districts one, two and three Tuesday. No residents spoke for or against the budget amendments during the hearings. After closing the hearings, each of the amendments was approved by the commission.
2. County IT Director Jim Vinze asked the commission for approval to begin the process of transferring four county departments from outdated servers to virtual servers currently used by most county departments. Vinze said Crawford County EMS, the Crawford County Attorney’s Office, GIS Department and Register of Deeds Office are in need of an update. The four departments currently operate on their own servers, but upgrading to the virtual servers will consolidate all county departments to a unified, updated server. The cost to update the four departments will be around $20,000. The commission gave Vinze approval to begin collecting bids for the upgrade.
3. Travis Clinesmith from Murphy Tractor and James Loneman from Fecon Forestry attended the meeting to present information on mulching and tree-shearer attachments to the county. The county is looking to improve equipment used for tree trimming along county roads. The county will take the information into consideration and decide on equipment at a later date.
4. Bruce Blair discussed roof coating for two county buildings. Blair presented information on roof coating for the old EMS building on U.S. Highway 69 and County Road and Bridge Department building in Girard. The commission will take the presentation into consideration.
5. The commission transferred $100,000 from the county’s general fund into the operating reserve fund, as well as $250,000 from the road and bridge fund to an equipment reserve fund.