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New server is needed for law enforcement

Friday, August 24, 2007

CHARLESTON -- Mississippi County's new software for the Sheriff's Department and Detention Center is too much for the county's old server.

County commissioners approved the purchase of a new server for the county's law enforcement facility during their regular meeting Thursday.

Butch McHaney, administrator of the Mississippi County Detention Center, said in addition to being unable to handle the new law enforcement and jail management software purchased in May, the current server is eight years old and is due for replacement anyway.

"Usually five years is about the length of these servers," McHaney said.

A bid of $3,495 for the server hardware from Technology and Networking of Scott City was accepted by commissioners.

Commissioners also approved a lease of $364 per month for the server's system operating software which includes the option to purchase the software for $1 at the end of the 36-month lease.

County Clerk Junior DeLay advised commissioners the county's E-911 system is also due for an upgrade.

The most recent equipment purchased for E-911 -- recorders -- are no longer manufactured, DeLay said.

A representative from the company which provides E-911 equipment for AT&T is slated to present information to county officials in September, according to DeLay. The presentation will include cost estimates.

"We've got their equipment right now," he noted.

With current technology, the county may be able to purchase a single E-911 system which, using networking and auto-routing, can operate the two separate E-911 call centers which are located at Charleston and East Prairie, DeLay said.

DeLay said the county currently has about $250,000 in its 911 fund.

In other E-911 business, Presiding Commissioner Jim Blumenberg advised Wyatt needs a repeater, an electronic device that takes a low-level signal and retransmits it at a higher level to keep signals clear at extended distances, for its new emergency pagers.

Commissioners approved the purchase of a used repeater, which Blumenberg said will cost $1,400 to $1,500, from the 911 fund.