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County to bid IT service work

The Harrison County Board of Commissioners Monday night, Nov. 21, agreed to allow the county council to purchase a laptop to be used during meetings, and the commissioners also asked to have one for themselves. But the discussion brought up an issue that upset the commissioners, particularly chair James Goldman.
The commissioner/council room is equipped with three flat-screen televisions that are supposed to allow for the county officials and audience members to better see presentations and paperwork discussed during meetings.
However, the televisions have not yet been wired to work, even though Goldman said the job has been paid in full to consultant Cybertek and was supposed to be completed before the offices moved into the new building in February. He said there also should be four televisions, instead of three.
How long do we have to wait? … ‘ Goldman asked. ‘I’ve never seen anything like this in my life.’
The board also said it will bid IT services for 2012, instead of signing a contract with David Neal and Cybertek for a base of $96,000, as it has done in the past. He said Cybertek, like everyone else, will have the opportunity to turn in a bid.
County Auditor Karen Engleman said she and the other three departments located on the second floor of the Government Center ‘ treasurer, recorder and assessor ‘ are happy with Cybertek’s service.
‘They do good work for us,’ Engleman said.
The cost of the two laptops will be just more than $1,600 and will be taken out of the Capital Outlay fund, which sets aside $10,000 each year for a first-come, first-serve process for any government office project. The fund was not funded by the council for 2012, however.
In other business, legal counsel John E. Colin informed the board that not a single bid was turned in on the Harrison County Annex building property.
Engleman said two people acted interested and inquired about the building, but they apparently did not submit a bid.
‘Just as I thought,’ Commissioner Carl (Buck) Mathes said.
The most troubling aspect, Colin said, is there was no ‘floor’ or minimum price for potential bidders.
Goldman said he’d like to approach Beckort Auctions about the property, but Mathes said he wanted the county to give the bidding process one more try because he thought the public’s view was it had to be bid at the appraised value of $115,000.
‘People might have had the wrong perception,’ he said. ‘I think we’ll get some bids. I’m willing to invest a little more time and give it one more shot.’
He also said they could even start out with a minimum bid, such as $40,000, just to get the bidding started. Mathes said he thinks the building should generate about $60,000.
The board also discussed the new proposed council and commissioner districts constructed by the Harrison County Election Board.
The commissioners questioned the new proposal, which would make Commissioner District 3 the largest by a good margin in size by adding Webster and Franklin townships.
Mathes said his district would lose quite a bit of road mileage, which would change the way the highway department operates with employees assigned to certain districts, usually the ones in which they live.
Harrison Circuit Court Clerk Sherry Brown, who sits on the election board, said the districts are to be drawn by population not road mileage.
Goldman said he’d like to meet with the election board before approving the new districts sometime in December.
The commissioners’ next meeting will be Monday at 8:30 a.m. at the Government Center in Corydon.