GIRARD — Commissioner Jeff Murphy of the Board of Crawford County Commissioners would like to see some time and attention spent on the county’s website — www.crawfordcountykansas.org — for a better representation of the county.
“Our county website is outdated and if nothing else needs a visual update to kind of bring it into now,” Murphy said. “I think there’s also a lot that can be done with it ... In the age we’re in, your website is basically your front door to the community, so if a business or person that’s retiring or someone that wants to move into this area starts looking online, they’re going to see our website and if it’s sharp and has all those resources in one place, I think it makes a nice presentation to someone like that.
Along with county IT Director Jim Vinze and Brandon Spaur, computer controller in the county appraiser’s office, the commissioners discussed an update to the county website and how best to back-up data for county servers.
Spaur has looked at the websites for all the counties in Kansas and found the best and most popular choice is CivicPlus, a purported “expert in local government website design, development, content management and tools and applications that help the community,” according to its website — www.civicplus.com.
Murphy suggested that Spaur and Gene Rountree-Garcia, who both have experience in website design, work on creating a Weebly account to build the county website.
The commissioners agreed to allow Spaur and Rountree-Garcia to work on the website and they will revisit the matter when there are visuals to look at and a report is given.
Shifting the conversation to protecting back-up data for the county, Vinze talked about not completely being able to prevent attacks, but that the county should make steps to better back up the county’s data.
Currently, back-up data in the server room of the courthouse is prone to water or fire damage, Vinze told the commissioners. He suggested storm-proofing the windows on the west side of the courthouse in their server room and finding storing back-up data off-site in the event of a major disaster destroying one location.
The commissioners advised Vinze to speak with County Special Projects Administrator Tom Ragonese about these suggestions and more, and to report back to the commissioners once he has.
The commissioners also heard a presentation from Jeremy Martinous, director of resource development, about the impact United Way of Southwest Missouri and Southeast Kansas has on Crawford County.
Out of the four pillars to which they divert funds to serve — education, health, financial stability and safety — United Way serves about 11,729 individuals in the county, the most of all four counties they serve, including Jasper, Newton and Cherokee.
The numbers break down to 6,998 being served in Pittsburg, 643 in Frontenac, 1,528 in Arma and 1,423 in Girard. Some of those agencies they help include Big Brothers Big Sisters of Crawford County, Pittsburg Family YMCA, the Salvation Army in Pittsburg and Wesley House.
The next meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 18 at the Crawford County Courthouse.