Department of Highways, District 11
GOVERNOR ERNIE FLETCHER AND KENTUCKY TRANSPORTATION CABINET PROVIDE LESLIE COUNTY CLERK’S OFFICE WITH 21ST CENTURY TECHNOLOGY Improvements Are part of Statewide Plan to Upgrade Hardware and Software in County Clerks’ Offices

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, April 17, 2007  
Contact Information:  SANDY RUDDER
INFORMATION OFFICER
(606) 598-2145
Sandy.Rudder@ky.gov
 


FRANKFORT, KY. (April 17, 2007) -  Technology upgrades are being made at the County Clerk’s office in Leslie 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 system improvements are being made first in the 60 smallest counties in the state.  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.

 “I am very pleased this administration is moving the technology for AVIS into the 21st Century,” said Leslie County Clerk James Lewis. “Replacing1983 equipment with today’s technology we can take full advantage of what is available, enabling us to serve our public more efficiently.”

“These much-needed improvements will make a world of difference for the county clerks and their customers,” 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 KYTC is planning to complete the hardware and software upgrades in at least 40 County Clerk’s offices before July 1, 2007.  The process for installing new equipment in larger counties is expected to begin later this summer, with the new AVIS system operational statewide within three years.

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Alvin Morgan, first person served by the new AVIS system, stands beside Leslie County Clerk James Lewis.