The Logan County Detention Center is in need of five computers and a server, which will be used in booking and other administrative duties. They system is 12 years old.
Logan County Jailer Jim Ray brought quotes from three different companies to the May 13th fiscal court meeting for approval. Ray recommended using Cornerstone Information Services out of Owensboro, a company who has been working with the jail’s computers and knows the SOM system well.
Ray said two of the computers have already crashed and he is fearful of others crashing at anytime.
“If all these computers crash, we are going to have a major problems,” said Ray. “There is important information we can’t afford to lose on those computers.”
Cornerstone’s bid of $17,719 came in a little high for Magistrate Jo Orange who suggested Ray do a little more research with other area jails to see what systems they use and who works on them. Orange also suggested Ray get a few more quotes to see if the price could be lowered any. It was mentioned there were a few local computer businesses Ray could check with.
“One of the problems is finding a company who knows how to work with our SOM system,” said Ray, adding that was why he thought it beneficial to accept Cornerstone because they were familiar with the system.
Ray left the court meeting Tuesday and returned later after checking with neighboring jails. His hunch was correct, they used different systems.
“This just seems to be a lot of money for five computers,” said Orange. Magistrate Thomas Bouldin agreed saying there didn’t seem to be any software on the quote, which is usually what costs the most.
The issue is to be discussed again at a special called meeting to be held Wednesday, May 21 at 10 a.m.