CRYSTAL FALLS—The Iron County Courthouse computer systems received a major, much needed overhaul in January, and the Iron County Board of Commissioners was given an update on the work done at its Feb. 14 bi-monthly meeting.
Lee Francisco, co-owner of 906 Technologies from Marquette, reported that an assessment made in December 2011 showed many issues needed to be resolved.
Some were traced back to the previous service provider, including improper setups of the network, servers and work stations. Most systems were also in need of updating and software upgrades.
“Undoing several years of neglect within months has been a challenge,” Francisco said.
One issue addressed by the IT firm was the courthouse’s web domain, which is now registered directly to the county.
With security problems also identified, the courthouse e-mail system is now upgraded and secure.
“Almost every computer had viruses because many of the computers did not have any antivirus programs,” noted 906 Technologies IT Director Joe Menze.
“Everything went smoothly,” said acting county Administrator Sue Clisch “None of the offices were down during the entire process.”
several reports were presented at the meeting.
Bob Gussert of the Iron Conservation District told the commissioners a total of 41 permits for erosion control were issued in 2011.
Two permits for gravel pits were also issued. The district took in $9,150.50; expenses were $7,720.15, leaving a balance of $1,430.35.
That balance will be applied to 2012 programs, he said. Announcements and advertisements have been made for the district’s annual tree sale. There have been no increases in fees, Gussert added.
Civil Counsel Steve Tinti announced to the board that the litigation between the Iron River Downtown Development Authority and the county concerning TIF disbursement has been dismissed.
“We came up with a resolution that’s good for the county,” he said.
The commissioners reviewed a report concerning meals served at the county’s senior citizen centers from January to December 2011.
The Alpha center served 389 meals; Amasa, 4,299; Crystal Falls, 9,150; and Iron River, 21,061.
By percentage, the breakdown of congregate and home-delivered meals was Alpha, 2 percent; Amasa, 12 percent; Crystal Falls, 26 percent; and Iron River, 60 percent.
The board approved several resolutions, including one for the county interest tax to be waived in 2012 collected before Feb. 15; the release of vacation leave benefits for Jan Huizing; a license agreement for Minerick Logging so the company can deck wood alongside a county road; and a resolution recommending sale of Michigan Transportation Fund Refinancing Bonds for the Iron County Road Commission, allowing it to refinance the bonds for the Oss Road garage.
Stu Creel, chairman of the county’s planning commission, asked the board about its status. Board Chairman Wayne Wales said the commission had not been dissolved, but just dropped. The county does not now have a planning commission, he said.
The next meeting of the Board of Commissioners is scheduled for Feb. 28 at 1:30 p.m., in the commissioners’ board room of the County Courthouse.