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County communications project is continuing
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An effort to update a vital part of the county’s day-to-day operations is moving closer to completion, but County Communications Director Doug Hubbard reported recently that it’s still a ways off.
Hubbard explained that the equipment needed for improvements to the emergency communications dispatch area is on the way. “The equipment will be delivered in approximately eight weeks. Both the consoles and flooring should be installed by late February, 2012,” he reported.
Hubbard reported earlier that work will make a big difference in the department.
“The Communications Department has started the process of replacing dispatch consoles. 
“Present consoles were put in service in 2005 and are showing signs of disrepair,” Hubbard reported.
He added that he “expects to replace these consoles with ergonomically up to date features, more CPU storage and better cable routing. 
“In addition, the configuration of the dispatch area will be revised to allow for improved communication and to reduce the overall amount of console furniture needed. 
“While changing out consoles, carpet and tile floor covering will be replaced,” he added.
In another county department, County Appraiser Barbara Konrade reported that her staff is continuing to work on updating valuations.
“The Barton County Appraiser’s Office is in the process of estimating values for 2012.  
“Staff is working in the County to measure properties that have had building permits and properties that have sold. 
“As always, Barton County vehicles have the county logo and all employees will be wearing identification badges,” she reported.