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Bridge Department invests in planning system

Internet-based program rental will give comprehensive picture of department's responsibilities

Ryan Sheridan

The tools and equipment available to the Moffat County Road and Bridge Department are many, ranging from hand tools to earth moving equipment. Now, department Supervisor Dennis Jones has added another piece of equipment Internet-based planning systems.

Jones received authorization Tuesday from the Moffat County Board of Commissioners to enter into a lease with Ingeo Systems of Logan, Utah, to begin using Ingeo’s iWorQ planning systems.

“The rent is fairly reasonable, and it’s very user friendly. Instead of laying out a huge amount of money to buy software that would be in the $20,000 to $50,000 range and having to update that system every year or so, all the work is done on the Internet. The information and programs are all in the server, and we access it over the Internet,” Jones said. “We pay a monthly fee, and the company puts our data and information together, and we use that system for planning, budgeting, and organization.”

The system is very secure, Jones said, and would allow for long-term planning and budgeting of paved and graveled roads, signage, markings and sidewalks. The Road and Bridge Department would have a comprehensive picture of roads, signs and county property that is the department’s responsibility, and could manipulate and study this computerized layout to plan work, repairs, projects and proposals.

The system is compatible with Global Positioning System (GPS) software, so the GPS work being done in Moffat County could be integrated with the iWorQ program. iWorQ is also compatible with the financial reporting requirements the county is required to follow.

The system and program are leased for $350 per month. Jones plans to begin talking with Ingeo Systems, and the data should be in place for Moffat County’s account to be used, “in a couple of months.”

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The Road and Bridge Department will use the system until the end of the year, evaluating it and the company, before entering into a one- or five-year lease if the program proves reliable and satisfactory, Jones said.

In other business, the board:

Heard a report from the Road and Bridge department on how the landfill could be manipulated to extend its life, but no final decisions were made.

Approved a request from Social Services to hire a part-time employee for Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP) workload. Social Services plans to hire back a retired employee, Trudy Sullivan, to fill the post. The funds for this hiring will be payed for out of the LEAP budget, which is a state- and federally-funded program.

Receive the Veterans Service Officer update from Bill Frye. The Commissioners plan to write a letter supporting Frye’s efforts to have a Veterans Hospital organized in Moffat County.

Heard a report from the county attorney. The county’s claim against TransWorld Airlines has been received by TWA’s insurance company, and an adjuster is now examining the case.

In April, a TWA plane heading for the Hayden airport inadvertently landed at the Craig-Moffat Airport and potentially damaged the runway. Moffat County has lodged a claim against TWA for that damage.

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