In other news, commissioners unanimously approved a plan to livestream commissioner and County Council meetings over the Internet. Currently meetings are recorded, but are not available for downloading until the day following a meeting.
The plan will make it easier for Auditor Jane Lyons' staff, which is tasked with staffing, and keeping the minutes and agendas for the commissioners and County Council, said Lisa Phillips, an administrator for the Information Technology Systems department, and a council member.
"This is a fantastic leap in technology for this county," she said. "We've had a huge demand for live Internet access to council meetings, and this will take care of that."
The upgrade will cost slightly more than $14,000.
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Madison County Recorder Linda Smith plans to renovate the office she oversees, making it easier to use for both employees and the public to use. The county recorder's function is to maintain records of real estate, personal property, mortgages, leases, subdivision plats, military discharges and other documents. The renovation will cost about $21,400, which will come from the Recorder's Perpetuation Fund derived from recording and copy fees, which may be used without appropriation for preserving records and improving record keeping. As part of the renovation, records will be consolidated in one area of the office to make research easier, and there will be computers for the public to use and a small conference room to conduct staff training.