The Elk County Commissioners on Tuesday approved a proposal for new software to help streamline services at the prothonotary's office.
Susanne Straub Schneider, the county's prothonotary, said Tuesday that the new software will be used for the civil side of the office.
"Currently we use infocon-- it's a DOS system and it's antiquated," Schneider said. "The new software would improve docketing for the deputies and it would also improve access to the public. Eventually, we would move to having it accessible online.
"It's a web-based software as opposed to infocon, which is DOS. The cost will be decreased after the initial software is paid for."
The county currently pays $13,900 each year in the budget for infocon, but after the new software is paid for by 2014, that will decrease to an annual cost of $4,600.
"This software is also being used in the sheriff's department, now so a lot of the work will be cut down," Schneider said. "For the people who eventually want to access information, the software will eventually be capable of e-file.
"A concern is scanning as well and this software is capable of scanning so we would scan at the counter."
One of Schneider's goals as the new prothonotary was to lead an initiative to back up the offices files and the new software will reportedly serve as a stepping stone to this aspiration.
"The filings will be backed up and the Criminal Justice Advisory Board has this as one of their line items for 2012 and 2013 that counties need to start preserving the filings that they have in their offices right now," Schneider said. "There are only a select amount of things [in the county's prothonotary's office] that are preserved, so if something would ever happen, this software would allow us to scan on a daily basis for backup."
In other business, county officials passed a resolution recognizing 100 years of county fairs throughout Pennsylvania. The resolution declares that "the purpose of county fairs is to create awareness and educate the public in the field of agriculture" and [county fairs] "have continued to be a source of clean and acceptable family entertainment."
"We wish each of them continued success and that was a very nice fair this year," said Elk County Commissioner Daniel R. Freeburg.