Candy Woodruff

Special to the Grove Sun

JAY – Attorneys will soon have wireless internet access in the Delaware County Courthouse after commissioners Tuesday approved a generous offer by the law firm of Conner & Stockwell and Precision Wireless to install the necessary equipment.

Attorney Winston Connor, II, was present at Tuesday’s meeting to explain the need and the details.

According to Connor, the trend in the court system is toward going “paperless” and, in fact, the federal court system already requires all filings to be made over the internet.

Connor also said that the District Attorney’s office already is wireless and the assistant DA’s all sport laptop computers in the courtroom.

Unfortunately for defense attorneys, the current wireless connection at the courthouse is strictly for the DA’s office and is password protected, although admittedly for a good reason, Connor told commissioners.

Under the proposal Connor presented, his law firm will pay the estimated $500 equipment cost, and Precision Wireless will donate the antenna(s) required and install all of the equipment. In addition, Precision Wireless has offered to waive its monthly fee for internet service. The only cost to the county will be for the electricity required to power the wireless router.

Connor called the commissioners’ decision a “win-win” for the county.

The new technology may be installed within the next 30 days, depending upon Precision Wireless’ schedule.

In other business, the commissioners:

· Took no action on approval of platting of a new subdivision because the representative for the subdivision was not present and all of the paperwork the commissioners were presented was unsigned;

· Received a Petition to Vacate a road easement located in The Preserve and scheduled a public hearing on the matter for November 8, at 9 a.m.;

· Approved a list of outdated computer equipment to be junked and removed from the Delaware County Treasurer’s Office inventory list;

· Approved a transfer of highway cash in the amount of $11,000 from the District #3 T1 account to its T2 account;

· Entered into a borrow permit with Houston Barnes in District #2 for removal of clay gravel to be used for road maintenance;

· Received a petition to open a section line road located in Sections 28 and 29 and set a hearing date for November 22 at 9 a.m.;

· Entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Cherokee Nation to allow the tribe to replace bridges numbered 52, 67, 68 and 71 on Kenwood-Jay road as part of a rehabilitation project;

· Transferred $1,113.52 per district from the county’s CBRI cash reimbursement account to highway accounts for each district;

· Accepted a bid of $245 per month from Sunshine Pest Control for spraying at the courthouse annex and the courthouse;

· Accepted bids for roadway striping from two companies, Anderson and Times Striping;

·Vacated an old road easement located in S27 T20N R23E, and;

· Approved a contract with Bru-Con, LLC in the amount of $42,400 for a metal roof retrofit at the courthouse annex and issued a notice to proceed to Bru-Con on the project.

The next regular meeting of the county commissioners is scheduled for Monday, October 18, at 9 a.m., in the commissioners’ meeting room at the Delaware County Courthouse.