Wednesday, March 10, 2010
HILL COUNTY COMMISSIONERS DRAFTING PLANS FOR YET ANOTHER “STEPS” REDO
Also, are our readers aware that the Hill County Courthouse and Annex have an IT contract with Paul Rainy at the Computer Center? This 5-year contract was signed by the commissioners a couple of years ago at $65,000 per annum. From what we can learn from the self serving people at the courthouse whose number one concern is hiding the facts and covering their own rears, this contract somehow now costs the county around $80,000 per year. Nice little 20% unchecked boost there for someone. The sad part is that this computer contract only covers the courthouse and annex, the rest of the counties’ departments are not included in this contract and pay for their system needs on a by the hour as needed basis. We also have learned that this IT contract person is also the brainiac behind the decision to put all the data cabling in cable trays in the floor of the courthouse instead of the typical overhead in the ceiling approach that private businesses use and can be completed for minuscule amounts in comparison to the tray approach. Again, cost is no object when you have a bottomless pit of ever increasing tax revenue. Wouldn’t the county taxpayers be better served by just hiring a fulltime IT person that could deal with all of the counties computer needs without the biased eye towards what recommendation would generate the most revenue for his business?
One final caveat to the people that occasionally e-mail us “tips” that are employed at the courthouse; the Computer Center has total control over the county’s computer server so DO NOT e-mail us from your work computer or you can and will be tracked down. We welcome your “tips” but for your job security please e-mail us from your personal home computers. Anyone with further information they would like to add please e-mail us the facts to firstname.lastname@example.org