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PI board approves funding for upgrades

January 27, 2012
Jordan Travis - News Staff Writer , The Alpena News

ROGERS CITY - Presque Isle County staff are making upgrades to their technology, and commissioners approved matching appropriations for improvements at the airport, among other financial and administrative items during Friday's board of commissioners meeting.

The Presque Isle Sheriff Department and the county treasurer's office are both getting new servers, according to county officials. A new server for the treasurer's office cost $5,169, Treasurer Coleen Main said, and was purchased with money from the foreclosure fund. Commissioner Michael Darga, who heads the county's health and public safety committee, said the sheriff department will get a new server within the next few months at a cost of $3,550. It will be purchased with money from the county's jail fund. Both will replace servers that had become outdated and no longer functioned efficiently.

Treasurer's office staff also are benefiting from an automated mail system bought for $3,027, Main said. The office sent nearly 2,000 pieces of mail in a single month.

Commissioners also approved spending up to $2,969 for a photo ID printer. Clerk Susan Rhode said the system will be used to print veteran IDs and concealed carry permits. Chairman Carl Altman said the printer also could be used to make ID badges for county employees.

The county airport will get some improvements in the form of a new beacon, a freshly painted beacon tower and fencing around a building at the airport. Commissioners approved matching grants totaling $1,900 toward the improvements. Darga said the county could get $500 for selling the old beacon, and Altman asked him to look into whether it could be used at the Leo Goetz County Airport in Onaway.

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