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Commissioners table tech deals

September 21, 2011

Photo by Joseph Bell – Elk County Commissioner Ronald T. Beimel, center, reads from his notes alongside fellow commissioners June H. Sorg, left, and Daniel R. Freeburg.

Elk County commissioners tabled tentative agreements on Tuesday with the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission for technical support.
The agreements were $6,150 for 12 months for the county and a pact for $18,450 for 12 months for the county's 911 facility.
"With the technology that we use, there can be a lot of complicated aspects with network switches, wireless transmission between here and North Central for our internet service, communications between the building and service, things like that," said Jim Abbey, director of the county's IT/GIS department. "To service us, you're probably talking somewhere in the range of $150 an hour.
"It's just like going to a doctor-- if you have a cold you go to your family doctor-- if you need brain surgery you go to a brain surgeon-- it's all about that specialty, that expertise that can be provided and North Central, through their IT department, has the expertise needed to service us. This will help us, in the long run, maintain what we currently have."
However, Elk County Commissioner Daniel R. Freeburg suggested handling the contract on a case-by-case basis, rather than paying a lump sum for an entire year.
"Rather than pay a lump sum, could it be up to that amount, as needed?" Freeburg said. "Maybe we wouldn't need both of those amounts, on both of these contracts."
Abbey indicated it was possible but varying issues could deter North Central officials from altering the technical support agreements.

Pick up a copy of the Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011 edition of The Ridgway Record for more.

Elk County Board of Commissioners
When: Tuesday, Oct. 4
Where: Courthouse Annex, Conference Room No. 2
Time: 10 a.m.

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