Software status updates needed

HOLLIDAYSBURG – A dispute that began two years ago when Blair County bought an accounting software package is starting to resurface.

Commissioners Terry Tomassetti and Diane Meling declined Friday to vote on what Commissioner Ted Beam Jr. referred to as an unrelated software maintenance agreement.

Tomassetti said he understands that the agreement up for a vote is more expensive because the county is using the older version of accounting software. So before voting, he and Meling said they would like to receive reports about the status of the accounting software package approved for purchase in January 2012.

Controller Richard J. Peo, who recommended purchasing the accounting software package from Link Computer Corp., Bellwood, said the job has encountered some delays because of personnel changes, but it’s almost done.

“It didn’t go as fast as I wanted … but it never came to a dead stop,” Peo said. “Also, I didn’t want to be using two systems in 2013.”

Beam said he spoke with Peo and county computer technician Bob Adams, who confirmed that the software maintenance agreement up for a vote had nothing to do with the accounting software package.

But Tomassetti and Meling told Beam they still want to hear from Peo, Adams and representatives for Link when meeting in January, since they won’t be meeting again this month.