CHARLESTON -- Mississippi County's aged mainframe computer will finally get an upgrade.
During their regular meeting Thursday, county commissioners accepted the sole bid on the computer upgrade from Joss Incorporated of New Madrid, the company also provides software services for the county's mainframe, according to County Clerk Junior DeLay.
The upgrade was needed to accommodate the increased demand placed on the system by county offices.
In addition to the hardware upgrade, the project also includes the conversion of software and data for the new system, DeLay said.
Commissioners selected an option in the bid which adds a large line printer to bring the total cost to $25,641.
The budget includes an allocation of $50,000 for this upgrade, according to DeLay, "so we're well within our budget."
Commissioners do have questions regarding software that could possibly lower the price. DeLay agreed to research the matter further.
In other business Thursday:
* Commissioners tabled a decision on satellite phone bids due to some questions regarding monthly charges as well as the types of phones offered by one of the vendors.
"We had two bids - one from Bootheel Wireless, and one from JCS/Tele-Link of Cape," DeLay said. "We have to get some clarification on their submittal."
* An easement was granted by commissioners to smooth the way for a business to move in the warehouse portion of the old Brown Shoe Company.
DeLay explained part of the parking lot and loading dock apron extend onto the Ditch 14 right-of-way, "so the county just approved an access easement onto that right-of-way."
* Mississippi County officials will attend an emergency management exercise scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Clinton building in Sikeston.
"All three of our commissioners are going to attend as well as Brenda Bickford, our emergency management director," DeLay said. "It's an epidemiology tabletop exercise."
DeLay explained the exercise will address questions like, "What would you do in case we had an epidemic of the avian flu?"