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Officials plan Harrison County web site

by Paul Leakan

STAFF WRITER

Harrison County commissioners thought long ago that the county should have an official Web site, but the year 2000 computer glitch threw a hitch in those plans.

Now that Y2K may be all but history, county officials are hoping to get back to work and back to their plans to have a county Web site online.

On Tuesday, commissioners took action to speed up the process by authorizing the county's computer manager to attend the Morgantown Conference on Web site Development and Design.

County Computer Manager Tom Fishbaugh plans to attend the conference, along with representatives from the county's 911 center, on April 19.

Commission President Roger Diaz said the county deserves an impressive Web site.

"I think it's important in today's age," he said. "It's just one more way to get the word out as to where you live and what you're about."

The county's own official Web site has yet to go online, although there is a less comprehensive site on all state counties available through West Virginia University.

The county stopped working on a Web site sometime in April or May last year because officials had to focus their attention on getting ready for Y2K.

"We're going to crank it back up now and we'll be online in the near future," Diaz said.

Commissioner Beth Taylor believes the Web site could serve as an important resource for anyone who wants to learn more about the area.

"Harrison County truly is known across the state as a leader of innovative programs and initiatives in how government is run," Taylor said. "And the Internet is used by a large number of our residents.

"It would certainly be important for anyone who is looking to relocate here to know as much as possible about the form of government, which has jurisdiction over a majority of the land mass."

In other business Tuesday, commissioners approved the cost for repairs on the intercom system at the Harrison County Correctional Center.

The intercom is used, in part, for monitoring cellmates. The repairs cost $852.

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