Commissioners receive computer updates and web pages from staff

Guernsey County Commissioners received updates on the county’s web page and information technology services from IT staff members Kenny Mathews and Chris Bergerson on Tuesday.

“We’re in pretty good shape right now as far as IT (information technology) goes,” Commissioner Dave Wilson said.

The county purchased two new IT departments in 2021 after one failed at a cost of $17,146, which was paid for by the county’s building fund.

“With these purchases, we expect to be good this year in terms of major IT purchases,” Wilson said.

The county will need to make some changes to the 911 call center located at the Guernsey County Sheriff’s Office.

The 911 lines will continue to be provided by Frontier Communications, as required by the Ohio Public Utilities Commission, but changes will be made to the interface that connects the lines to the call center, according to Wilson.

“They’ll be phasing out technology that interfaces with the console, so we’ll have to make some changes,” Wilson said. “Things are working very well there at the moment, and these changes will be made by the end of the year.”

The county’s IT department is also exploring options to accept credit and debit card payments for county-level transactions. The county is researching the best option for a third-party vendor regarding fees associated with each transaction.

“There must be usage fees because we can’t take those fees off the purchase, so we want to find the cheapest option for users,” Wilson explained.

Mathews and Bergerson are also looking to improve the platform on which the county’s website is built.

Wilson said the county will eventually move from a .org to a .gov for its services.

On Monday, in a special session, the commissioners re-elected Wilson as president for 2022 and Skip Gardner as vice-president.

No further action was taken at the special meeting.

Guernsey County Commissioners meet every Tuesday and Thursday at the County Administration Building, 627 Wheeling Ave., in downtown Cambridge.

Call the commissioner’s office, 740-432-9200, for more information or to be put on a meeting agenda.

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