Moore County Commissioners going paperless


Last Updated on September 16, 2015 – 11:08 AM CDT

The Moore County Commissioners Court is looking at buying tablets for each of the commissioners to use instead of having to print the reams of documents they need to conduct business.

On Monday, Moore County Judge Rowdy Rhoades told the commissioners the county has $6,000 available that has previously been given to Fritch EMT for ambulance service they provided to the Double Diamond, an addition in Moore County but accessed through Fritch. That service is no longer available. The county also has $3,500 that wasn’t used for the fireworks display the city of Dumas cancelled, and out of the $9,500 total that is now available, $2,000 will be given to the Sunray rodeo, leaving the county with $7,500 to buy tablets.

Rhoades said later the move to buy tablets began with a text from Commissioner Len Sheets who suggested it.

“Everyone’s going paperless,” Rhoades said.

The commissioners also voted Monday to approve $1824.98 for a computer and software for Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace and $1,299 for a computer for the district clerk’s office. The computer for the justice of the peace’s office will come out of county records management, and the district clerk’s computer will be paid out of the district clerk’s records management fund. The Moore County Extension Office also will get a new computer, and the commissioners set a cap of $700 for it.

Moore County Sheriff Chief Deputy Carmen Napp told the commissioners the contract with Correctional Communications Service needed to be renewed, and the commissioners voted to do it. The contract provides phone service for the inmates in the Moore County Jail, and information from the Moore County Treasure’s Office shows the county receives about $5,000 a year from the contract.

The jail also needs to expand the memory server in its camera system. Napp said all movement in the jail is recorded, which helps the district and county attorneys in the preparation of their cases. The problem is that the current server doesn’t allow for storage of video for the length of time the attorneys sometimes need. The commissioners approved $12,748.99 for a larger server, and the money will come out of the SCAAP grant.

The Moore County Journal will have expanded reports this week on other actions the commissioners took Monday, including projects at the Moore County Airport and Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace.