Gov. Ernie Fletcher and Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Upgrade Additional County Clerks' Offices With New Technology
Bell County Clerk Becky Blevins (right) watches as, (l to r) Janice Gipson, Jeanie Burkett and Melissa Sams of the Pineville Office use the new equipment to complete paperwork for Mike Good.
Evelyn Dezarn processes paperwork for Gary Smith (left) using the new AVIS system as Clay County Clerk Freddy Thompson, Beverly Craft, Debbie Edwards, Beverly Gray and Melanda Hacker observe.
Greg Thomas and Caleb Young, COT staff, explain to Harlan County Clerk Wanda Clem(seated) how to use the new AVIS system as employees Rachael Williams, Darlene Skelton and Donna Hoskins observe.
Greg Thomas (right) with COT explains the new AVIS system recently installed in the Laurel County Clerk’s Office to Tina Broughton.
Seth Spradlin, a COT contractor, worked to install the new AVIS computer system in the Perry County Clerk's office.
Improvements continue statewide effort to upgrade hardware and software in county clerks’ offices
Technology upgrades continue to be made at county clerks’ offices across the commonwealth. Gov. Ernie Fletcher and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) recently announced the installation of new computer equipment for several offices, including Bell, Clay, Harlan, Laurel and Perry counties. 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. “Gov. 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 clerks' offices 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.
The county clerks are excited to receive the new equipment for their offices and had the following comments:
- Bell County Clerk Becky Blevins said, “We are thrilled to get the new computers and printers and thank the KYTC for providing us the resources to better serve the citizens of Bell County.”
- Clay County Clerk Freddy Thompson said, “With the assistance of the KYTC, state legislators and the County Clerk’s Association, our office is receiving much-needed new equipment, replacing computers that we have had since 1983.”
- Harlan County Clerk Wanda Clem said, “I am very pleased to see these much needed improvements become a reality, taking advantage of modern technology.”
- Laurel County Clerk Dean Johnson said, “As our equipment has been in use since the 1980s, these improvements will enable our office to serve the citizens of Laurel County more efficiently.”
- Perry County Clerk Haven King said, “This is going to be a very positive change for us. These improvements will save a lot of time for us and our customers, and we appreciate the KYTC's interest and investment in our office.”
“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 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 summer, with the new AVIS system operational statewide within three years.