County approves network upgrade
by Tim Delaney
Mar 31, 2014 | 396 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
REFUGIO – The Refugio County Commissioners Court approved an upgrade to its network infrastructure so that the courthouse’s upgraded Odyssey software can function better and faster.

“It’s a long time coming for a lot of infrastructure,” said Mark Blaschke, the county’s IT manager.

“The devices they plug into are very outdated,” he added.

Since the county upgraded its Odyssey software, the system has been sluggish because of the existing devices for the system.

“We have a slow network. It’s not the wire; it’s the devices they are plugged into,” he said.

The estimated cost of three routers was $4,200; four 48-port gigabyte switches, $1,600; and 15 8-port gigabyte switches, $600 for a total of $6,400.

Margaret Moeller, county auditor, said $70,000 was in the technology fund, which is overseen by the justices of the peace. And she said enough was in the capital outlay fund if the justices didn’t allow the money to come from the technology fund.

County Judge Rene Mascorro said the equipment was needed and wanted to use the technology fund, but Commissioner Ann Lopez said the justices should be asked first.

“I don’t like that we always are given things at the last minute and are told, ‘Oh, we have to approve this.’ We all like to be consulted,” she said.

Mascorro made a motion to take the money out of capital outlay, saying he did not want to wait another two weeks to find out if the justices were OK with taking the money needed from the technology fund.

The motion was seconded and unanimously approved.

Commissioners also approved permission to Southcross NGL Pipeline to cross two county roads: Toland Road and Elliot Road.

The motion to approve the pipeline crossings also were contingent on an assurance letter from the pipeline company by Friday.

Commissioners also approved a five-year sliding scale tax abatement for Steve and Gloria Rodriguez, who are building a $156,655 Woodsboro home. The minimum investment requirement to be eligible for the abatement is $150,000.

The abatement begins with 80 percent, then in subsequent years 60, 40, 20 and 0 percent.
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