County computer system

The Hunt County Commissioners Court took steps Tuesday to ensure the county’s computer system remains safe in the wake of another major emergency.

The Hunt County Commissioners Court took steps Tuesday to ensure the county’s computer system remains safe in the wake of another major emergency.

During Tuesday’s regular agenda, the commissioners voted unanimously to purchase and install a new 20 KW diesel generator and Automatic Transfer Switch for the Hunt County Information Systems Department.

The item was purchased from Tech Plan Data Center Solutions in the amount of $61,570.

The commissioners also approved the purchase of a new Liebert EXM 10kW UPS Battery Backup System for the Hunt County Information Systems Department, also from Tech Plan Data Center Solutions, in the amount of $17,591.30.

Hunt County Judge Bobby Stovall said the need for the purchases was made evident in the wake of the June 19 storms which caused major damage to the downtown Greenville area and left Hunt County offices without power for more than a day. Stovall said the county only had 90 minutes of emergency power available, which left the information systems vulnerable.

“So it is important we get a backup system in place to keep our servers up and running,” Stovall said.

The commissioners also approved an order reappointing Richard Hill as Fire Marshal for the term beginning Sept. 1, 2019 and ending Aug. 31, 2021.

Hill has served as Fire Marshal since 2007 and also serves as Emergency Management Coordinator and Homeland Security Director.