The court approved paying Inline Network Integration, LLC $4,050 monthly for three years for support and maintenance. The firm has overseen the county’s computer operations for several months.
The court also approved Inline’s bid for infrastructure, which Pct. 1 Comm. Paula Gentry said Tuesday involves computers, monitors, boosting computer memory, new software, and licensing.
While another bidder had lower prices on individual aspects of that matter, Inline’s was the best overall bid, partly because it waived installation charges, she said.
The court approved paying up to $967.27 each for replacing some of the county’s 135 work stations, each consisting of a computer, monitor, and software, said Mrs. Gentry. The cost will be $380.98 per unit on computers which only need memory boosts, installation of new MIcosoft software, and updated licensing, she said.
Ms. Gentry also said citizens who don’t understand the matter should feel free to call one of the court members.
In other business Friday, the court approved a “Memorandum of Understanding” with Indigent Healtcare Solutions of Conroe. After the meeting, County Judge Dean Fowler said the firm has a computer software system which assists the county in paying for jail inmates’ health care, and reduces the county’s costs.
During the meeting, Fowler said the county had been paying $1,050 monthly, and Pct. 2 Comm. Cole Hefner said the firm was raising its price by $4 per user.
Also Friday, the court accepted bids from Wood County Asphalt on both oil dirt and hot oil sand for the Road and Bridge Dept. Although another firm was the low bidder at the court’s Feb. 14 meeting, county Road Administrator Andy Jordan had complained of poor service from that business in the past, and it reportedly did not respond to a written invitation from Fowler to appear before the court Friday.
Also Friday, the court:
--Approved upgrading and replacing duty weapons and ammunition in the Sheriff’s Office, including the trade-in of those items, after Sheriff Anthony Betterton told commissioners this was in the county’s best interest.
--Approved letting cities and schools use the courthouse’s central vote-counting facilities for their May 10 elections.
--Authorized spending up to $150 for an office chair for Deputy Melissa Palmer in District Clerk Carolyn Parrott’s office.
Rev. Huey Jones, a black Baptist minister and Gilmer businessman, led the prayer to open Friday’s meeting at Fowler’s invitation. The judge said he invited Rev. Jones since February was Black History Month. Court members normally take turns leading prayer to open meetings.