Commissioners request technology proposals
by PHILLIP WILLIAMS
Jan 23, 2014 | 638 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Upshur County Commissioners Court last Wednesday approved requesting proposals from firms for computer-related information technology support, maintenance and infrastructure.

At its first meeting of 2014, the court decided to let firms submit bids for maintenance and support, including equipment; maintenance and support alone, or equipment alone.

Bids must be submitted by 5 p.m. Feb. 13. The bids will involve only hardware, programming and licensing, since the court will act on computer software later, Pct. 2 Comm. Cole Hefner told The Mirror Thursday.

In other business, the court accepted for recording the resignation of County Extension Agent Jessica Stahn, effective the prior day. County Judge Dean Fowler said she accepted a position teaching mathematics in Union Hill ISD.

Her resignation leaves the office temporarily with no agent. Julie York, recently hired by the court as the Extension Office’s Family and Consumer Science agent, begins work Feb. 3, and another agent is expected to be eventually hired to replace Mrs. Stahn.

In another matter Wednesday, the court voted to move the site for foreclosure and tax sales from the south side of the courthouse to the north doorway.

The courthouse’s south side is on Hwy. 154, and Fowler said noise from the highway had caused problems with the sales. The court’s agenda said its action on the matter was “to designate an area for the sale of real property under a power of sale conferred by a deed of trust or other contract lien.”

After a lengthy discussion with County Road Administrator Andy Jordan, the court also Wednesday voted 3-1 to accept and record the subdivision plat for Eagle Estates.

Commissioners Paula Gentry, Hefner, and Mike Spencer approved while Pct. 3 Comm. Frank Berka opposed the motion. After the meeting, Berka said he did so because the Road Administrator interprets rules which the court makes, and that Jordan had thought two roads in the subdivision weren’t wide enough because the administrator considers them to be thoroughfares.

Also at Wednesday’s meeting, County Treasurer Myra Harris informed the court that “I’m having problems with the Sheriff (Anthony Betterton) turning in the correct time sheets.” (The court recently approved a new type of time sheets for employees.)

“I’m going to send them (the sheets Betterton turned in) back, so if you hear some repercussions. . . everybody’s been paid,” Mrs. Harris told the court.

Said Pct. 1 Comm. Gentry, “He is bound by law to obey the law, so why are time sheets an issue?”
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