New software ordered for the county
by Kenda Nelson
Feb 01, 2013 | 1715 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
REFUGIO — The county’s computer system is more than three decades old and is rapidly becoming obsolete. Last Tuesday, Jan. 22, the commissioners voted to begin the process of changing and updating through Tyler Technologies.

“We budgeted for the upgrade,” said County Judge Rene Mascorro.

Tyler, the largest supplier of government software based in Plano, will replace the obsolete system with Odyssey, which uses Microsoft technology.

The technology has three off-site backup systems and an alternate electric grid to ensure all data is safe. The new system will take six to eight months to implement at a cost of approximately $140,000. The annual fee $65,880 is locked in at $1,000 less than the current system.

“This has to be done,” said Commissioner Stanley Tuttle.

The current system will become obsolete in 2014.

In other matters, Rosemary Kelley, chair of the Refugio County Historical Commission, reported the work underway at the commission and what has been completed this year.

The annual historical calendar was published, the Civil War Monument was cleaned and will dedicated when it is moved to Heritage Park later in the year.

The commission also is working on obtaining a large panoramic sculpture for the mound on the north side of town on U.S. 77 near Refugio High School. Historical markers have been requested for the Barefield Learning Center and the birthplace of Clara Driscoll.

This year, the commission will be working on refurbishing the old Tivoli Jail and dedicating the Civil War Monument.

The commissioners also approved the appointment of members to the commission for a two-year term. The members include Rosemary Kelley, James Kelley, LaNell Wright, Bart Wales, Lori Bellows, Robert Rooke, Beverly Fletcher, Herndon Williams, Kate Campbell, Joan Rooke, Dorothy Naylor, Lorraine Lopez and Don Foxhall.

In other matters, the commissioners:

• Will review C.I.A.P. projects and make any changes needed.

• Approved a tax rebate for Henry’s Mexican Food, requested by Sandra and Michael Villarreal, who remodeled the restaurant space in the Refugio Shopping Center.

• Acknowledged the employment of Ronnie D. Martinez as a corrections officer for the Sheriff’s Department effective Jan. 16 at a salary of $34,847 per year.

• Acknowledged an employee status change for Deputy Duqualis Farrow in the Sheriff’s Dept. effective Jan. 16 at a salary to be paid out of the sheriff’s budget instead of narcotics.
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