MASSENA – The information technology of the village of Massena will be reviewed to determine the current and future needs of the village.
Mayor Timothy J. Ahlfeld said there was a particular need for new technology in the police department, where their services were run by a company separate from that used by the rest of the village.
“You know that by the time I have spent here chatting with the chef, there is a need for a technology upgrade there. A lot of people will look at technology as far as what sits on the desktop. But I’m talking about basic technology needs, from firewalls to routers, wireless access points, security, cybersecurity, the whole gamut, ”he told village administrators.
Police Chief Jason Olson agreed, saying they were at a point where they had to move from where they are now.
“I don’t want to see us kind of spinning our wheels. We have been spinning our wheels for five years. I don’t think we can afford to keep doing it, ”he said.
Mr Ahlfeld said the village currently has a contract with a company that takes care of the needs of the police department and another company, Twin State, which takes care of all other offices in the village.
“I think maybe it’s time we brought everyone together under one roof,” he said.
He said they wanted Twin State to visit and do a scan of the equipment currently available, and offer his recommendation on what it would take to make them safer.
Mr Ahlfeld said they could use American Recovery Plan Act funding to help cover costs. These funds can be used to support public health spending, address the negative economic impacts caused by the public health emergency, replace lost public sector revenue, provide a premium for essential workers, and invest in water, sewers and broadband infrastructure.
“I’m not saying we’re going to go out and spend every penny of ARPA money we have on it. But I think we can use some of these ARPA funds for some of these information technology needs, ”he said. “Obviously we won’t award anything until I get back to you, hopefully at the November meeting, and say, ‘This is the recommendation. “
He said he would like to do what others have done – “start a plan where we find the worst workstations and slowly maybe put a program in place to upgrade them on an annual basis and meet the demands. needs the number of workstations we have. If we have too many, then you don’t need to upgrade that many, and that’s one of the things I want Twin State to look at.