The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors heard an annual review of the county government's technology and support services from Greg Davis, a representative from Solutions, who provide much of the county's software.
Davis recommended that the county undertake several projects to upgrade the county's technology, including having the wiring checked and certified on a regular basis; cleaning up active directories; updating anti-virus and anti-spyware; closing a few open ports; replacement of the CCDC Server; collapsing the County Attorney's domain, and consider collapsing the Assessor's domain, to simplify the network and allow easier access to network resources.
Also, bring wireless access points under central management; consider PC upgrades, disk encryption and the establishment of a Data Processing Committee; review switches, and possibly upgrade them to higher speeds with better management capabilities; and establish or upgrade update policies on technology, including e-mail and computer usage.
No action was taken at Tuesday's meeting, but the supervisors will take up the matter again after the first of the year, when the new Board has been sworn in.
In other business, the Supervisors heard from County Conservation Director Chad Brown regarding the possibility of constructing a new 12-person cabin at Martin's Access. No action was taken on this matter, either, but Brown was encouraged to seek further information and report to the Board at a future meeting with a written proposal.
Dick Sievers, Executive Director of Mid-Sioux Opportunities, presented a report on the agency's 2012 activities in Cherokee County. Mid-Sioux provides several services for the residents of Cherokee, Ida, Lyon, Plymouth and Sioux Counties, including Head Start, Energy Assistance, W.I.C., and Maternal and Child Welfare services.
The funds they receive from local governments are used to help low-income families meet challenges and become self-sufficient when other local, state and federal programs cannot help them.
Last year, Mid Sioux served 2,449 individuals and 914 households in Cherokee County, an estimated assistance value of $1.77 million, based on an average of $724.15 per individual served. Sievers requested $7,500 in funding for FY14 from the county - the same amount they have received the last few years. The Board approved the request.
The Supervisors' next meeting will be on Monday, December 24, 2012, at 9 a.m., when they will work on the budget, along with any additional items which may be added to the agenda in the next week.