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Board gives system to BPD

Sunday, November 1, 2009

When governmental agencies have a positive relationship, they are more likely to help each other out.

During a meeting of the Brazil Board of Public Works and Safety Thursday, a resolution was passed authorizing the transfer of a computer system from Clay County to be used by the Brazil Police Department.

"This will be a major upgrade over the current server, which the department has had for about 10 years," BPD Chief Dave Archer told The Brazil Times. "It will be used as the main server to house all of the department's case data and it will hold a considerable amount more information than what we are able to now."

The transfer comes at a cost of $1 to the city, which is the same amount the county paid earlier this month to acquire a generator from the City of Brazil after a resolution was passed by the Clay County Commissioners during its Oct. 5 meeting.

"There wasn't an electrical backup at the courthouse, and the generator should help to sustain the offices even if the power goes out," Clay County Information Services Director Scott Hill said.

Hill told The Brazil Times the server did not have a purpose for the county as he has been upgrading to virtual servers during the past year-and-a-half, and he knew it would be helpful to the police department.

"I had talked to Dave and he mentioned the age of their server," he said. "It stayed in the back of my mind as I was going through some of our other equipment, and I knew it would be beneficial to their department."

The server, which is a Dell Power Edge 2800, is approximately 4-years-old, but Hill said it has other benefits other than its ability to hold more information.

"It has a dual power supply, which the server the police are currently using does not have," he said. "That means should one drive go down, they won't lose the entire system or any of their case information."

Clay County Commissioner President Charlie Brown said he is "tickled to death" that the city and county are working together so well.

"It was a very kind gesture for the city to provide us with a generator for the courthouse," Brown said. "It is great to have such a fabulous relationship with the city and know that politics are not an issue."

Brown added he is also pleased to have a great working relationship with not only the city, but within county government as well.

"When you work well together and can 'agree to disagree' without holding up the process of doing what is best for the people of the city or Clay County, things run a lot smoother and progress can be made in an attempt to improve the present and the future."

Brazil Mayor Ann Bradshaw echoed Brown's sentiments.

"It has been really nice to be able to work with the county to benefit everyone," she told The Brazil Times. "This administration and the one at the county are working a lot closer than they have in the past, including law enforcement, which is a great thing to be able to do."

Archer added, "There had been a lot of animosity through the years between the city and county, but now everything is working smoother which is a huge benefit for both the city and county residents."

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A couple of questions on this. Is there something which precludes the BPD from using virtual servers? What is the difference in cost of owning, operating, and maintaining these servers and using virtual servers?

It would appear that the county considers virtual servers the best way to handle data and, perhaps, the city should look at that option, too.

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Mon, Nov 2, 2009, at 10:24 AM

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