RIPLEY - The Ripley Town Board of Trustees approved a plan on Thursday, June 13 to purchase a new server for its computer system.
Town Supervisor Doug Bowen told the council the server was needed to help facilitate the move of town offices into the school building. The current server is very old and has problems, Bowen said.
Once the server is purchased, the town can begin backing up its files to prepare for its move in late summer, Bowen said. He estimated the server to cost somewhere around $5,000. The funds would come from the building reserve fund, he said.
Bowen said he and school officials had met with IT representatives to discuss what would be needed to refit the space in the school to accommodate the town's offices. One thing that would probably be needed would be placed is an antenna on the roof of the school to connect the town's wireless back-up system to the building where the information is stored.
The council also agreed to retain the firm of Clark Patterson Lee as the engineering firm for the move.
In other business, the council agreed to hire Heather Young-Deyel as the Ripley Sole Assessor. It also approved the hiring of Sierra Tessmer and Emory Rowe as summer assistant recreation directors. Trent Johnson will return to serve as director.
The council set a public hearing date to update its hazard mitigation plan for Thursday, June 20 at 7 p.m. Communities that do not participate in the county program are not eligible to receive hazard funding should they become available, Bowen said.