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  • County considers software upgrade

  • Streamlining software programs to work together efficiently can make life easier for county employees, and Crawford County Commissioners are considering their options for doing so.

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  • Streamlining software programs to work together efficiently can make life easier for county employees, and Crawford County Commissioners are considering their options for doing so.
    Bruce Hardesty and Debbie Trahan, with Computer Information Concepts, talked with commissioners about their company’s software options, which they said work with and integrate programs used by several county offices.
    “It saves the county a lot of time and a lot of money,” Hardesty said.
    He said the state has moved away from the previous AS400 program, and other department software programs have followed the same trend.
    “At this point, state software doesn’t support AS400 anymore,” Hardesty said.
    Trahan said CIC has assisted many counties as they have moved off the AS400 system and now has 26 counties in Kansas that are totally integrated.
    She also noted that Barb Mikrut, who works for the county as a programmer, is planning to retire at the end of 2013 and that her expertise and experience will be a valuable part of the transition process.
    “She really needs to be involved with the conversation when the county does this,” Trahan said.
    Total integration potentially could affect the treasurer, clerk, finance department and appraiser, and Trahan said she believes CIC could be a good fit for Crawford County’s needs.
    All told, the transition would take 30-45 days and Trahan said if the county acts quickly it would have an annual cycle under its belt by the time Mikrut retires.
    County Clerk Don Pyle suggested conducting a work session with elected officials and department heads who would be affected by any change before making a decision.
    “I think it’s important that you do, but keep in mind the timeframe,” Trahan said.
    Commission Chairman Tom Moody also asked to know the total cost of the system before the county commits to an investment, and reiterated Pyle’s request for a work session.
    “I want my department heads here and other elected officials to see if they have any concerns,” he said.
    A work session was scheduled for 9 a.m. Feb. 22.
    Moody and Commissioner Carl Wood briefly discussed roadside improvements in the county’s trash situation.
    Zoning Administrator Judy Freeman requested that Jim Siebert be reappointed to the zoning board for a three-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2013, and commissioners approved the appointment.
    “I feel we’re very fortunate to have him on there,” Moody said, adding that it is good for the county if he is willing to serve again.
    Moody also said he would like to request that Sheriff Peak look at a speed limit sign about a mile north of the dog track, where the current speed limit is 50 miles per hour.
    Page 2 of 2 - Commissioners also will conduct a work session Friday to talk about dump trucks and trash, and voted not to conduct their regular meeting on Feb. 19.

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