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(Red Oak) – Montgomery County has approved COVID-19 relief dollars for three county departments to improve their respective IT situations.

In regular session Monday morning, the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors approved three recommendations from the county’s American Rescue Plan Act committee. ARPA committee member Brian Hamman, who is also the county’s emergency management coordinator, said after presentations from the respective departments, the committee recommends allocating funds for audio and visual upgrades to technologies. information at the county emergency management center, at the side roads department tables and chairs. meeting room and a new website for the county conservation department. In addition, Hamman says the emergency management center needs newer equipment.

“It puts all of our microphones and speakers on the ceiling rather than on the desks, everything is wired and that allows the control panels to be able to operate the various televisions and projectors,” Hamman said. “He also adds two televisions to the north wall so that we can either split this room in half or instead of facing east, we can point everyone north for presentations, training or if we have. investors in emergency management. “

In total, Hamman says the computer upgrades would amount to $ 45,000.

Additionally, Hamman says the committee recommends a purchase of $ 3,000 for the secondary roads department meeting room.

“This goes hand in hand with the computer upgrades we have done in their office for the annex,” Hamman said. “This includes tables and chairs to quickly update this meeting room in the annex. “

After discussions with IT director Jim Scott and county conservation naturalist Cassandra Alfstad, Hamman said the committee found it necessary to upgrade the conservation website to the tune of $ 1,600.

“It’s a way for (Cassandra) and the new director to publish all of their programs, park information, and I think there is a way for people to sign up and pay for camping or for the programming, ”Hamman said.

Hamman said there were also two other points presented at the committee meeting. However, the committee requested more information before submitting it to the supervisory board. Supervisor Donna Robinson says the committee intends to meet again when more information becomes available on current or new submissions.

In other business on Monday, the board approved resolutions setting Houghton State Bank, Great Western Bank, and Bank Iowa as county custodians, county building appraisal, fixed fee payment enforcement, compensating county auditor Stephanie Burke for helping council create the county budget, and authorizing the use of a draft minutes for the sale of general bond repayment bonds.

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