Department of Highways, District 10
Governor Fletcher, Transportation Cabinet Officials Provide Perry County Clerk’s Office with 21st Century Technology

Press Release Date:  Thursday, July 12, 2007  
Contact Information:  Contact: Doug Hogan
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
Office of Public Affairs
(502) 564-3419
 


Governor Fletcher, Transportation Cabinet Officials Provide Perry County Clerk’s Office with 21st Century Technology

 

Improvements are Part of Statewide Plan to Upgrade Hardware and Software in County Clerks’ Offices

 

JACKSON, Ky. – (July 12, 2007) – Technology upgrades are being made at the county clerk’s office in Perry County. Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) announce the installation of new computer equipment for the office. The KYTC is installing the equipment as a part of a statewide Automated Vehicle Information System (AVIS) computer upgrade that will take place in Kentucky during the next three years.

 

“It’s hard to imagine, but in some counties this old computer equipment has been in use for about a quarter of a century,” said Transportation Cabinet Secretary Bill Nighbert. “Governor Fletcher’s commitment to this project has made the system upgrades possible. The county clerks desperately need new equipment so they can do their jobs more efficiently.”

 

As the result of a Transportation Cabinet initiative, the state’s budget now includes $750,000 over the next two years to replace old terminals, printers, and networks in county clerk’s offices all across the Commonwealth. The two-part AVIS upgrade will include replacement of network equipment and hardware, as well as software enhancements. The network used by the county clerks will be updated, old terminals will be replaced with PCs, and mainframe printers are being discarded in favor of new PC printers that will be used for vehicle registrations.

 

 “This is going to be a very positive change for us,” said Perry County Clerk Haven King. These improvements will save a lot of time for us and our customers. We appreciate the Transportation Cabinet’s interest and investment in our office, which will benefit all residents of Perry County.”

 

“These much-needed improvements will make a world of difference for the county clerks,” said Department of Vehicle Regulation Commissioner Roy Mundy. “This project will bring all the county clerks on board with the same modern computer network. It is the foundation for the new AVIS computer system, as well as future consumer services like digitized plates, on-demand registration stickers, and expanding Internet transactions.”

 

The PCs and ongoing technical support are provided by the Commonwealth Office of Technology (COT). The KYTC and COT have now completed the hardware and software upgrades in at least 60 county clerks’ offices, which is well ahead of schedule. The process for installing new equipment in larger counties is expected to begin later this year, with the new AVIS system operational statewide within three years.

 

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Seth Spradlin, a contractor for the Commonwealth Office of Technology, worked to install the new AVIS computer system in the Perry County Clerk's office on Thursday, July 12.