Commissioners to receive tablets


MIO — The Oscoda County Board of Commissioners will be receiving eight new tablets for county business.

The purchase of the Dell Latitude tablets was unanimously approved at the June 27 commissioners meeting. Commissioner Larry Wilson said the tablets are expected to cost $9,568.64 with software and keyboards.

Wilson made the motion to purchase the tablets out of the county’s general fund, and recently appointed District 3 Commissioner Pat Kelly seconded the motion. It was approved with Wayne Nutt voting no.

In a workshop prior to the regular meeting, Chairwoman LaNita Olsen said the tablets are functional for county uses and would help to cut down on the vast amounts of paper the commissioners use. During the meeting Kelly lifted up a binder of his recent notes.

“That’s four weeks,” he said.

Olsen said it would cut down on commissioners using their personal devices to conduct county business.

The funds for the tablets were originally intended for new servers, according to Olsen. These funds were not used following the courthouse fire because the insurance company covered the cost of the new servers.

Training for the tablets will be provided by Information Technology Director Dan Kauffman and Elmer Township Supervisor Martin Galbraith, according to Olsen.

In the same meeting, commissioners approved an $8,287.50 contract with Perma-Log of Mio for a stucco project for the county annex, which will be paid for out of the general fund. According to minutes from the meeting, the project was exempt from the bidding process.

The updates follow others the commissioners had made earlier in the year.

Commissioners unanimously voted to approve the purchase of new tables for the board room at its March 14 meeting. The furniture was purchased from Roscommon-based Office Impact for a total cost of $2,533.25 from the general fund with $392.25 in savings noted on the quote.

The purchase of a new speaker system for the commissioners room from Network Installation and Services was approved unanimously at the April 25 board meeting at a cost of $1,261.49.


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