(Pictured left to right) Jo Ann Harris, deputy clerk; Caleb Young, COT;Corinna Whisman, deputy clerk; Greg Thomas, COT; Dean Vittitow, COT; Brenda Moore, deputy clerk; and Steve Oliver, Wolfe County Clerk. The Wolfe County Clerk’s Office received the new Automated Vehicle Information System (AVIS) computer upgrade, part of Gov. Ernie Fletcher’s initiative to deliver modern technology to county clerks’ offices throughout Kentucky.
Alvin Morgan (left), first person served by the new
AVIS system, stands beside Leslie County Clerk
Improvements are part of statewide plan to upgrade hardware and software in county clerks’ offices
Technology upgrades are being 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 Lee, Leslie, Magoffin, Morgan, Owsley and Wolfe 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 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. “Replacing 1983 equipment with today’s technology, we can take full advantage of what is available, enabling us to serve our public more efficiently.”
“This is going to be a very positive change for us,” said Magoffin County Clerk Renee Shepherd. “We appreciate being chosen as one of the first county clerk’s offices to benefit from this project. We also want to thank Gov. Fletcher and the Transportation Cabinet for making an investment in Magoffin County, which will save a lot of time for us and our customers.”
“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 clerks' 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.