MASSENA — The Village of Massena’s information technology system is being upgraded with more than $20,000 from its American Rescue Plan Act funds.
“Things are moving forward and it will eventually happen,” Mayor Gregory M. Paquin told village administrators.
The work is being done by Twin State, which manages computer services for the village offices. A separate company has been responsible for police department services, but Twin State is handling those upgrades.
Paquin said that during its review of the village’s information technology system, Twin State discovered some issues that needed to be addressed.
“There is something they encountered. As they were reviewing our plans and such, they came across two things, one being that our disaster recovery was, I’m going to use the term ‘fragile’, and so they recommended a solution for that. Also, the police department uses Windows 7,” he said.
Police Chief Jason M. Olson said Windows 7 was installed on one computer.
“We don’t use it at all levels. It is used on a particular workstation for us to register people with their charge,” he said.
Mr. Paquin said that as part of the upgrade, the village would have to purchase software licenses.
“In order to fix and upgrade them, we have to buy the licenses and such. You have to buy the licenses, and you can’t just buy the year you need. You have to buy year one, year two, year three,” he said.
Administrators approved payment of $20,171.40 for Twin State work – $14,528.40 for disaster recovery, $4,075 for desktop updates and $1,568 for implementation of License.
“I would like us to be allowed to use our ARPA funds to continue, and that should be the end of it,” Paquin said. “I think it’s vital. It’s been a while since we upgraded our IT infrastructure. It will make us much safer.
Deputy Mayor Matthew J. LeBire said he received a question from a community member about the upgrades.
“After the last round of IT upgrades that we discussed, I had a question from a community member about installation fees, and one of the things I explained to them, especially with the software that we use there and the different programs, (they) are very specific to police departments,” he said. “That makes the setup a lot more complicated than, say, setting up a PC at home. I think it’s just good to put that out there.
The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 is a $1.9 trillion economic stimulus bill signed in March. Within ARPA, the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund is providing $350 billion to states, municipalities, counties, tribes and territories, including $130 billion to local governments split equally between municipalities and counties.
One of the possible uses of the funding is to invest in water, sewer and broadband infrastructure, making the necessary investments to improve access to safe drinking water, supporting vital sewage infrastructure sewage and storm water and to expand broadband Internet access.