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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Potter County Commissioners Take Action To Modernize County Records

landexThe Potter County Commissioners have approved a contract with Landex Optical Storage Solutions Inc. of Lebanon, Pa., to modernize record-keeping in the office of the Register of Wills and Recorder of Deeds.

Among the benefits of the program will be shared access to information by the county’s Assessment Office, Planning Commission, Emergency Services Department, Mapping and Geographic Information Services.

Register and Recorder Gary Kelsey has been laying the groundwork for the conversion over the course of more than a year. An initial start-up cost of $95,800 for software configuration and professional services will eventually be offset by an annual savings of at least $13,000 in data service costs, as well as fees which can be collected for remote access to county records.

Kelsey said the Landex system has several benefits, including improved document retention and an internet-based function allowing title searchers and others to view documents remotely.

He added that several other Pennsylvania counties have converted their operations to Landex and the company now services at least 28 counties, including McKean, Cameron and Tioga.

Potter County Today

18 comments :

Anonymous said...

Why would this have to be done this year. Why not next year. It has not been automated as of yet so why not wait till out economy gets better. It can think of 100 ways to spend $98,0000.00

Anonymous said...

Maybe the commissioners should have used the money to help save some of the jobs. Truck lite, Mogan, Level 3. what happens now that everyone is laid off. I pray for the police. Crime is bound to go up. All people have now to do is smoke,drink and fight.

Anonymous said...

Why not next year? Well, since...
"Mr. Kelsey has been laying the groundwork for the conversion over the course of more than a year..." that means a lot of work & planning has already gone into the project. And just because the contract has been approved doesn't necessarily mean that installation & conversion will take place this year. Since at least 4 other county offices will be involved that means that all the infrastructure must be created for accessability; ie phone lines, data lines, internet addressing, security, etc. There may be a ton of work yet to do. That being said it may well be next year before implementation can occur. Meanwhile, it may help to create a few local jobs. And since the Emergency Services Department will have accessability to the new system, it may help prevent some of the crime that one poster said would be increasing. Besides, smoking, drinking & fighting has been occurring long before local layoff's or today's economy.

Anonymous said...

I hardly think $95,800 would be able to save many jobs from our "slowing economy".However,the county will have to employ someone to install this new system and teach the clerks how to use it. Kudos to them for bringing a new availability to our records, and doind it in a way that will pay for itself in a couple years and save us a couple bucks in the long run.

Anonymous said...

Hmmm, Potter County's land records and assesment mapping/system is still in the stone age for cryin out loud! It needs updating ASAP. Maybe there is some co-relation between this antiquated county and job retention? Big business is not going to invest in the area if the area cannot support it.

Anonymous said...

This was a plan commenced by the last Board of Commissioners. EMA has held many GIS meetings over the past years in an effort to assist in offering such services to Potter County. This "will" save money by generating income for those who utilize the these services. That was the intention in the past and it is coming to fruition. Just think of it - sharing a vast amount of informatin with different entities! Without high-speed internet access being provided for various departments, this would not have happened. Good job to ALL!

Anonymous said...

Everyone has good comments but with the economy in such disrepair. $98,000 is alot of money. I like the idea of updating the old stuff. It is just tuff to digest when I hear of all the jobless people. This is increasing day by day. I do understand that there is still alot of ground work for this and might bring in people to train people. The bolgger stated bring in a few jobs for some but the people coming in to teach will be from outside the area...That is not generating jobs for our people. Also yes to the blogger that stated about the crime. The unusual thing as people are laid off and no work. It goes up tremendously. Like I stated before this is a good thing but let sit back here a minute and think reality. Can it wait a little longer?

Mr Negative said...

I think this is a great plan! The system has been in need of upgrade and automation for years, but we couldn't even get the previous commissioners to use computers and email in their daily jobs. Kudos to the commissioners and Gary Kelsey!!!!

Anonymous said...

The County records are already on line.

Great you've done the ground work. Whats wrong with putting it on hold?

95 big ones to start up.

Is there a recurring charge every month/year to the County?

Maintenance & upgrade fees?

Spend 95,800 and we break even in 7 years, not considering any other fees?

Sounds like a plan.....

Anonymous said...

to blogger # 5 Do you really think
Big Business is going to invest in Potter County? Look at a few things then decide We have limited access to the following things 1. major highways 2.major airports 3.
railroad access. 4. commerical centers. Then take a drive across Pennsylvania and see empty factories and vacant store fronts and ask yourself if Big Business is really interested in coming to beautiful Potter County, I think not.

Solomon's words for the wise said...

If I had a big business, I would look to the facts that Potter County:
1. Has limited access to major highways (yuk). 2. There are no major airports nearby. 3. There are no railroads nearby, but could be rails to trails to tie in with Tioga County. 4. There are no big commercial centers in the county, but it's served by caring independent store operators and restaurants. It is served by a 100 lane fiber optic highway and they didn't have to cut a single tree. 6. It's surrounded by some of the best fishing and hunting land in the Northeastern United States. 7. There is an abundance of educated, talented labor that can be drawn from many miles away. 7. I can walk on the street at night without worrying about a drive by shooter. 8. WE have an excellent regional hospital serving the area. 9. Our county government is very receptive to helping a business establish in the area. As you drive across Pennsylvania, you see empty factories and storefronts of businesses who should have moved to beautiful Potter County. Future big business will be done via internet and big business people can live in this beautiful county and do business like they were in a big, noisy, dirty, city.

Anonymous said...

I guess its nice to have big dreams or fantasies to go along with the Big Business that won't end up in Potter county. Pray we can keep the businesses that we have now.

Anonymous said...

Just wait for the teachers union to fight for more money. These teachers only care about money in THEIR pockets. Maybe some of them should be laid off.

Anonymous said...

You know, it really wasn't Kelsey who introduced this concept. I think he and the commissioners would like you to THINK it was, but this has been in the works for many years. I'm not saying it's a bad thing, I'm just saying, some things take time and when they are finally put in to motion, don't be the ass that says "It's because of ME!"

Anonymous said...

Ok commissioners....Spend the money.....Its ok....Its not mine because I don't have any cause I am laid off...Thats ok spend the money I don't have to spend....

Anonymous said...

Ok commissioners and Kelsey ... SAVE the money ... Its okay. When this thing pays for itself over a few years and us taxpayers end up spending less money for running the county then maybe I will see that this is a good idea.
Some people complain first and think later.

Anonymous said...

So when do you actually believe there will be a money savings....mmmm about the time the system needs an upgrading...Daaah this will be many years before money is saved....Put the money towards the Potter Co. stimmulus plan..OH there is none..

Anonymous said...

Probably about the time when these jokers are up for re-election! Wouldn't surprise me none.