Dept. eyes nearly $600K in upgrades

JOHNSTOWN – The Fulton County Information Services Department is proposing nearly $600,000 in capital improvements to county government’s computer, digital and wireless services.

Department Director Perry Lovell told the Board of Supervisors’ Finance Committee recently that server, software, personal computer and wireless upgrades for the county are in order.

Lovell’s total capital project work proposed for 2014 would be $585,777. The board’s Capital Projects Committee will review the requests July 8.

The software upgrade, alone, for the county is expected to cost about $500,000. Lovell said there is “definitely going to be retraining” once the new software is installed. He said Windows will be used for new financial systems employed by the county.

“People are just going to have to have a little patience,” Lovell said.

But afterward, Lovell predicted county employees will be “much happier,” with the new software.

“Its been a long time coming,” Bleecker Supervisor David Howard said of the proposed software upgrade.

As part of his capital plan, Lovell is also proposing a server upgrade project. Part of the project in the future will be creation of a disaster recovery plan and backup server equipment being located in the county Treasurer’s Office.

Lovell said the county will also have a PC upgrade and replacement program. Proposed for replacement are about 80 PCs in 2014.

“I’ve got upgrades for 20 more,” he said. “We’re going to go to a six-year cycle.”

Lovell said the PC upgrade for next year is “continues what we’ve been doing.” He said the county had a large PC replacement of 117 in 2009.

In addition, Lovell’s capital plan calls for a wireless upgrade.

He said it “makes sense” to consider high-speed links between new county locations, such as from his office on Route 29 to the county Department of Social Services building on Daisy Lane. Among the three wireless links he is considering would be one from the county Probation Building to the county annex across the street on East Fulton Street in Gloversville.