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Tech upgrade to sync courthouse

September 21, 2011
After listening to presentations from the two information technology companies that have networked the Crawford County Judicial Complex in English, the county board of commissioners, at its Aug. 30 meeting, selected CyberTek Engineering to get the two systems compatible with each other.

The west side of the building — the circuit court and clerk's offices — is wired by Helix Technologies Inc., whereas the east side of the building — the auditor's, treasurer's, assessor's and recorder's offices — are wired by CyberTek. The surveyor's office is a kind-of gray area regarding which company services it.

Helix did its portion of the networking when the building opened in 2004, maintaining it in the subsequent years, while CyberTek was brought in to network its area when the state required those offices to be certified for tax collecting purposes.

Both companies, county officials say, have provided good service. The problem is a common junction point where all of the networking comes together. The proposals would bring that area up to standard, to where both providers' networking would be recognizable to the other when doing work on the system.

The commissioners asked for an apples-to-apples cost comparison of the project. Helix reported that it would cost $14,546 for it to upgrade the system, whereas CyberTek said it would cost $12,400. The cost difference mainly was due mainly to the estimated amount of labor the project would require. Also, Helix's proposal featured a Cisco firewall, while CyberTek's proposed Sonicwall firewall.

Following a motion by District 1 Commissioner Daniel Crecelius, the commissioners voted 3-0 approve the CyberTek proposal. District 2 Commissioner Randy Gilmore, who seconded the motion, said both companies, according to the offices they serve, have provided quality service and the decision was "based on cost."

The commissioners' vote is contingent upon the county council approving the project's funding.

In other matters, the commissioners:

•Were notified by Gary Robinson of Marengo that he has filed a complaint with the Indiana State Board of Accounts regarding the commissioners' previous passage of an ordinance that establishes a speed limit of 40 miles per hour on all previously unposted county roads.

Robinson, who first approached the commissioners about the matter at their July meeting, said he doesn't believe they followed the proper procedures, specifically having a public hearing, when they passed the ordinance.

The county's attorney, John E. Colin, said he believes the commissioners met the statutory requirement regarding the ordinance.

Robinson also said that state law requires a traffic and engineering survey be conducted prior to a speed limit ordinance being passed.

According to state law, the speed limit on county roads without a posted speed limit is 55 miles per hour.

•Voted, 3-0, to sign an updated revenue sharing agreement with Pinnacle Gaming, which operates the riverboat casino in Switzerland County.

•Voted, 3-0, to purchase three new trucks for the county highway department for which the county council previously approved funding

•Approved, 3-0, a county credit card policy that outlines eligible uses and requires monthly reconciliation. The county highway department had requested a card so it could have access to regional suppliers when more local businesses don't have parts it needs. There also can be a significant cost saving when shopping online.

•Gave Perry Leonard, the highway department's superintendent, permission to get cost estimates on fixing up the old highway garage in English so it could be used for storage.

•Voted, 3-0, to certify — for Oct. 1, 2011, through Sept. 30, 2012 — the County Adjusted Gross Income Tax rate at 0.0075 and the County Economic Development Income Tax rate at 0.0025. Both are the same as the previous year.

•Appointed, 3-0, Jim Knieriem to the County Redevelopment Commission board. He replaces Richard Eastridge, who recently passed away.

•Voted, 3-0, to sign a warranty deed that transfers 0.241 acre behind the English Fire Station to the English Fire Department Inc. and the English Fire District.

•Voted, 3-0, to prepare for bid the county's health insurance policy for the upcoming year.

•Were told by Schultz that the Mitchell Creek bridge project has been completed.

•Announced that their next meeting will be Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 6:30 p.m. at the judicial complex.

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