The Herald Bulletin

Evening Update

Local Politics

May 23, 2014

Courts help pay computer costs

Coroner vehicle request approved

ANDERSON — After months of seeking funds to replace computers, the Madison County Council has received assistance from the county court administration.

The issue arose after Microsoft decided to end security upgrades for Windows XP in April. Madison County had to replace 250 computers at a cost of $197,500.

For several months, county officeholders have been appearing before the Madison County Council seeking funds to replace the computers.

Last Tuesday, Judge Dennis Carroll, the chief judge of the Unified Court System, came to the council to request $72,441 from County Option Income Tax (COIT) revenues to pay for the new computers. Carroll said when the Windows XP security upgrades ended the Odyssey software would no longer be functional. He said the Odyssey software was used for all the court record-keeping.

“If we didn’t do something, it would put all the records at risk,” he said.

Carroll said the courts learned there were no state funds available to assist with the purchase of the new computers.

The decision was made to impose an assessment fee on all the discretionary funds available to the courts to help cover a portion of the costs, he said.

Carroll said the courts would contribute $35,613 toward the purchase price of the computers, leaving $36,828 to come from COIT. He said $15,000 was coming from the Pre-Trial Services account.

Several council members asked how much was in the fund and whether it could cover the entire cost of the computers. Carroll said the court system tries to save a sizeable amount in the fund for a problem-solving account or another emergency.

Councilman John Bostic said the courts were able to find half of the needed funding and the account shouldn’t be reduced to zero.

Coroner request

The council approved a request by Madison County Coroner Marian Dunnichay for $15,000 to purchase a new vehicle and bio-hazardous material suits for coroner department employees.

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