Originally created 03/12/06

County seeks computer upgrade



Aiken County officials are considering ways to place more information about government proceedings on the county's Web site.

Shirley Aschen, an automation manager in the county's Information Technology Depart-ment, recently gave a presentation about new software that would allow county council members to create meeting agendas, make notes and post comments on the Web site.

Currently, meeting agendas are posted on the site www.aikencounty.net on the Friday before the Tuesday council and committee meetings.

Ms. Aschen said about 200 pages of information on the agendas are not posted, however. The only way the public can view the supporting documents is by picking up a copy of the agenda at the county office.

The software being considered would allow the documents to be posted on the site, she said.

County Administrator Clay Killian said that creating, copying and mailing out the agendas to the council for each meeting is "a labor-intensive endeavor" and that using software would increase staff productivity.

He said the software and needed equipment would cost about $80,000. At present, officials said, there's no money in the budget to pay for the system.

Reach J.C. Lexow at (803) 648-1395, ext. 106, or jc.lexow@augustachronicle.com.