Friday, Sept. 17


County hears recommendation on technology upgrades and enterprise zone expansion proposal     Send a link to a friend

[SEPT. 17, 2004]  The Logan County Board will put the purchase of a new computer information system to a vote on Tuesday. The board hired Patrick Doolin of Integrity Data Inc. to help the county sort out its needs and make a recommendation.

County prepares to update new information system. Flowchart in background shows interrelated departments and offices.  [Click on picture for larger image]

New state compliance mandates necessitate the need for the new system. Doolin factored in department complaints and needs and researched software and hardware vendor options. The new system will provide smoother, simpler operations, increased communication capacity between departments and offices, and greater security of information.

The system is expected to lay a foundation that can be easily updated and will allow for the addition of such programs as the Geographic Information System.

The total cost, allowing for some variable options, is estimated at $578,872. That figure will be divided into yearly payments. Some options on financing will be looked into and presented Tuesday night, according to Chuck Ruben, finance chairman.


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The Regional Planning Commission approved a plan on Sept. 1 that extends the Lincoln-Logan Enterprise Zone to Elkhart and Illiopolis. Being in the enterprise zone will enable the devastated Formosa plant to rebuild and hopefully put the construction of the CornBelt Energy power plant back on track. ["Plan that helps Formosa plant rebuild may also bring energy plant"]

After a brief discussion and addressing a few questions, the board reacted favorably to approving the request next Tuesday. John Stewart was the only dissenting vote.

Chairman Dale Voyles updated the board on the status of federal transportation funds that have been held up in Congress. A total of $800,000 is earmarked to be used on the Fifth Street Road development. The project is on hold waiting for those funds. Voyles said that they are still on hold and it is looking like they may stay on hold.

[Jan Youngquist]

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