County to consider computer software upgrades

Software will be on the minds of Howard County commissioners Monday morning, as the court meets to discuss a number items, including a possible upgrade to the programs used by county departments at the courthouse.Commissioners are expected to discuss — and possibly take action — regarding a proposed upgrade to the computer systems utilized by a number of different county offices. According to county officials, the upgrade would help bring the systems more up-to-date, as well as allow different departments to better share information and data.Also during Monday's meeting, commissioners are expected to consider:• Presentation of appreciation for Precinct 1 Commissioner Emma Puga Brown, who will be leaving office after nearly two decades of service at the end of 2012.• Make an appointment to the County Historical Commission.• Consider a partnership agreement between the county and Greater Opportunities of the Permian Basin Inc. Head Star program.• Consider a contract with the Texas State Trapper.• Review payment for the lease of land pertaining to the county's radio tower.• Hold an executive session to consider real estate options.Commissioners are expected to meet with County Auditor Jackie Olson during the meeting to discuss Invoices, purchase requests, proposed budget amendments and presentation of monthly financial reports.County Treasurer Teresa Thomas is also expected to meet with the court to present personnel considerations and a payroll report, while County Clerk Donna Wright is slated to present her department's monthly report.County Road and Bridge Administrator Brian Klinksiek will also meet with the court to provide it with an update on county road maintenance and pipeline crossings.The meeting will get under way at 10 a.m. in the commissioners courtroom, located on the third floor of the county courthouse. For more information, contact the county judge's office at 432-264-2202.Priot to Monday's meeting, county officials will be holding an appreciation reception for Brown, who will be stepping down after more than 18 years of service at the end of the year.The reception is slated for 8:30 a.m. until 10 a.m. in the Howard County Commissioners Courtroom.“This is a chance for us to show our appreciation for Commissioner Brown's service and commitment to Howard County,” County Judge Mark Barr said. Barr said the reception is a come-and-go event.Also this week, county commissioners will hold a special meeting at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Howard County Road and bridge Barn to allow Klinksiek to demonstrate a Cat road grader for the court.