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County could hire conversion consultant

March 18, 2002|By LAURA MITCHELL, Staff Writer

County officials are looking to hire a consultant to oversee the final stages of a budgeted $373,171 computer software conversion.

County Auditor-Controller Doug Newland will discuss the conversion at the board's meeting Tuesday and ask the Board of Supervisors to hire Prime Tech Inc. of Fountain Valley to oversee the rest of the project.

The cost of the new accounting system by Sungard Bi-Tech of Chico has stayed within the budget, but another $46,116 was spent on unexpected hardware and software upgrades, Newland said.

The board scheduled a public hearing for 11 a.m. to get input on using more flexible loan terms and amounts for housing rehabilitation Community Development Block Grants. The proposed changes would allow grants to cover state-mandated wages for those working with grant money.

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The board also is scheduled to discuss and possibly take action on:

· accepting a grant deed from the Menvielle family for 14 acres at the Gateway of the Americas development for a water treatment plant and retention basin;

· spending $108,000 to buy a new computer server for the Sheriff's Office;

· approving a $263,230 contract with Nobel Systems, Inc., of San Bernardino for conversion of county assessor maps to a geographic information system;

· restructuring human resources and risk management;

· allocating $500,000 received from the Sheriff's Office from the California Department of Off-Highway Motor Vehicles.

The Board of Supervisors meets at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the board chambers on the second floor of the County Administration Center, 940 W. Main St., El Centro. Meeting agendas are available online at: www.imperialcounty.net

>> Staff Writer Laura Mitchell can be reached at 337-3452 or lauramitchell9@yahoo.com

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