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County Board plans to secure IT, voting equipment

June 4, 2014

By Steve Woodhouse The Chronicle, Knoxville Journal-Express, Iowa



June 04--Preliminary approval was given at Tuesday's regular Marion County Board of Supervisors meeting for a two-phased project intended to improve the security of the County's information technology and voting equipment.

County IT Director Andrew DeHaan and Auditor Jake Grandia have been working on a plan to remodel space, located in the southwest side of the courthouse, across from the GIS Office, to accommodate the equipment. The County's IT server equipment is currently located on the second floor, as is the County's voting equipment. DeHaan shared this information with the supervisors regarding Phase I:

Phase 1: Relocate the server rack

Phase 1 will take approximately 2-3 weeks from start to finish and will involve the following:

Remove voting equipment to a temporary storage location

Run new electrical from the power generator, air conditioning, and data fiber cabling

Clean and possibly paint room if needed

Run new data fiber and terminate to a wiring rack, test

Shut down servers and physically move servers down to 1st floor, plug in and boot up servers

Estimated cost of Phase 1 is $10,825. Phase 2 is expected to cost $21,700. It includes:

Phase 2: Renovate Auditor storage/work space and relocate equipment back in

Phase 2 will take approximately 4-6 weeks from start to finish and will involve the following:

Remove Voting equipment and Emergency Management equipment to temporary storage

Demolish walls and jail cell structure

Clean up walls, paint, install shelving and workbenches

Run any additional electrical required for workbenches

Bring voting equipment back into remodeled space

The projects are expected to be completed by Sept. 15. Neither phase is expected to interrupt the County's services.

At the suggestion of Supervisor Jim Kingery, the board put the project in the hands of Facilities Director Cal Stephens. He is expected to come back to the board with bids for some of the work.

Other supervisors' notes:

-Approved the 2013-14 budget amendment, including actions to appropriate associated money. The amendment totaled approximately $600,000. Grandia said that the County had the money available, but it was not included in the original budget, to cover planned projects such as the clock tower and seed money for the new mental health region.

-Approved a change in the zoning ordinance regarding the construction of external buildings on land zoned for agriculture. The change is expected to make construction of these less restrictive. A public hearing was held prior to the action, but there were no comments made.

-Approved a zoning change for a parcel of land in Otley. The land owned by the DeHeer family includes several salvaged vehicles. Land has been rezoned to M-2. No comments were made during the public hearing for this issue, either.

-The next regular board meeting will be Tuesday, June 10, at 9 a.m.

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