New Server Should Fix Computer Troubles at Town Hall

Middlefield First Selectman Jon Brayshaw announced this week that a new computer server will be installed and operational by Dec. 13 at Town Hall, where town employees have been dealing with intermittent access to email for months.


If you've sent an email to Middlefield Town Hall recently, there's a good chance it hasn't arrived yet.

For the past several months, an overburdened server has plagued town officials who rely on their computers to send, receive and store information. But on Monday, First Selectman Jon Brayshaw said he expected that a new server will be installed and up and running by December 13.

"It's been very painful," Brayshaw said. "We've lived. We've made it through."

While Brayshaw joked about having to send faxes in place of emails, town treasurer Ellen Waff said she hadn't received an email since October 24.

Two months ago, Patch reported that the town was unable to make a $1.3 million payment to Regional School District 13 because of the ongoing server issue.

While town officials have been able to send emails they have only been receiving them intermittingly, according to Brayshaw, who said the server issue began when town officials began transfering physical town records into the outdated computer system.

The entire system is expected to cost the town about $14,200, some of which had already been budgeted for.

Ellen Waff December 06, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Miraculously, all of my emails came in yesterday, as did Fran Pac's "hundred or so" emails! Wow!
sue December 07, 2012 at 06:52 PM
When I worked for a small VNA that had only 9 full time nurses and 4 part time nurses , we got 2 new servers within 5 years because servers usually don't last longer than 5 years and we upgraded our MYSYS software system twice as well , In these days of technology it is important to back up important documents such as e-mail etc and to get up to date software as well especially when taking into consideration the liability a town may face in the future, securing records and documents is of paramount importance.


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