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County drops CyberTek

The Harrison County Board of Commissioners Monday night discontinued the county’s contract with IT service provider CyberTek.
‘It’s something that has been building up a good while,’ Commissioner Carl (Buck) Mathes, who made the motion to drop CyberTek, said. ‘Part of it was this building here (Government Center); they didn’t get all the work done during renovation.’
A 30-day transition period will take place between CyberTek and newly-hired Five Star Technology Solutions.
Mathes said Five Star will be on location full-time, five days a week.
‘That’s the biggest thing, somebody will be here and they have a larger technical force at the home office,’ Mathes said.
Five Star, which also works with all three county school corporations and the county’s alternative school, is based in Sellersburg.
Mathes said the company will charge a standard bill each month, which will be similar to, if not a little more expensive than, CyberTek’s.
‘It won’t be a roller-coaster ride on billing as we have been,’ he said. ‘There are several advantages.’
In April, former maintenance employee Doug Harkness addressed the board and said CyberTek was very deficient in what it provides and called for CyberTek to be removed and said the county should hire an IT official. Harkness was later fired.
Auditor Karen Engleman and the other second-floor officeholders (treasurer, recorder and assessor) supported CyberTek and said they worked well for them and their systems.
In other business Monday night, the board approved the same insurance plan for employees as last year at a 13-percent premium cost increase for the county, from about $2.8 million to $3.1 million. The county has not seen an increase in the last two years, but a high loss-ratio percentage of 85 percent caused this year’s increase.
The board also collected two more disclosure documents to comply with the new state nepotism law, one from Circuit Court Clerk Sherry Brown who plans to have her son work on election night (as he has in the past) and the other filed by Glenn Bube, highway department director, because the department contracted work with someone related to Commissioner Jim Klinstiver.
At the commissioners’ previous meeting, brothers Harold and Jim Klinstiver turned in notices because Harold’s daughter works under him in the surveyor’s office. Also, Engleman (grandson works for the auditor’s office) and Commissioner James Goldman (brother works for Harrison County Soil & Water Conservation District) turned in documentation.
The board passed a transfer request of $110,000 out of riverboat funds for an overflow parking lot south of Commissioners Way for the Justice Center.
The commissioners’ next public meeting will be Thursday, July 26, to work on 2013 budget requests. The next regular meeting will be Monday, Aug. 6, at 8:30 a.m. Both meetings will be at the Government Center in Corydon.