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Commissioners discuss software

May 14, 2014

By Rich Flowers, Athens Daily Review, Texas

May 14--ATHENS -- The Henderson County Commissioners Court discussed the county legal software conversion during its regular meeting on Tuesday.

During a review of the May 7 Information Technology Committee meeting, Precinct 4 Commissioner Ken Geeslin commended all of the departments for their work, and positive attitude during the lengthy process.

"Although I do believe we're on schedule, and possibly ahead of schedule, I think it would be important to point out that most departments have come to the conclusion that this is a Herculean task, cleaning up the data that will be migrated out of AbleTerm into the program called Odyssey."

After the meeting, Precinct 2 Commissioner Wade McKinney explained that there is an abundance of incomplete data that has to be eliminated from the system prior to the transfer.

"Anytime there is a conversion, there is a cleanup to be done," McKinney said. "The current program has been in effect since 1998, and has collected a lot of incomplete data during that 16 years."

Diane Russ of the County Attorney's Office has been spearheading getting the different departments on-board the process, to help get the job done.

McKinney said the implementation of the Odyssey software is the last major project in upgrading county facilities and services in recent years. Other changes have included the jail expansion and the new phone system.

"We've accomplished that, and will be debt-free in two years," he said.

The tremendous population growth, and expanding tax base during the first half of the past decade, helped the county accumulate the funds to make the changes, McKinney said.

In other action Tuesday, Commissioners authorized the county to apply for the 2014 State Criminal Alien Assistance Program Grant. The county gets funds each year through the program, based on how many aliens are housed in the jail and other factors.

Commissioners also approved applying for the fiscal year 2014 Bullet Proof Vest Grant. Jennifer Nicholson of the Henderson County Auditor's Office said the grant reimburses the county up to 50 percent for body armor purchased for law officers.

Commissioners also approved:

--funds, not to exceed $900 from the Justice of the Peace Technology Fund for JP Milton Adams to attend a technology conference;

--annual contracts with the Eustace Volunteer Fire Department and Brownsboro VFD; and

--payment of bills in the amount of $254,016.31.


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