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Corrected Copy: What Happens To Data If The Power Goes Away? Vilas Co. Doesn't Want To Find Out

Pexels Liam Wheelden

Correction: The cost of one generator is about $25,000. The entire project is expected to cost $250,000 according to minutes of the meeting supplied by Vilas county below.

Public Property Committee September 10, 2019 Page 1 of 2

Call to order: The Public Property Committee meeting was called to order at 9:30 A.M. in the Vilas County Courthouse conference rooms by Chairman Ron De Bruyne with the following committee members present: Steve Doyen, Walter Maciag and Carolyn Ritter. Art Kunde was excused. Other persons present at various times during this meeting: Russ Szuta, Mike Duening, Holly Tomlanovich, Ken Anderson, Brian Jopek and David Alleman.

Open meeting law complied with and quorum verified. Approve minutes of the August 20, 2019 meeting: Motion by W. Maciag, 2nd by C. Ritter to approve the minutes of the August 20, 2019 meeting. All voted aye. Carried.

Justice Center parking garage project: The Clerk reported that construction began prior to the Labor Day holiday. Both contractors are on site and the work is progressing.

I.T. Dept. report: M. Duening reported progress with the implementation of a data and network disaster recovery protocol. He is working to assemble the various components of this project. So far, this project has garnered little interest by area contractors. The project is projected to cost an estimated $250,000 and will provide Vilas County with necessary I.T. systems and network redundancy and data recovery. M. Duening also reported that telephone and data provider, ChoiceTel, will be providing the County with additional internet bandwidth and data feeds.

a. Lac du Flambeau Police Dept – MOU for Vilas County I.T. services: M. Duening presented the proposed memorandum of agreement between Vilas County and the Lac du Flambeau Police Dept. The MOU concerns I.T. services provide to that agency by Vilas County. The committee discussed the MOU. Motion by C. Ritter, 2nd by W. Maciag to approve the memorandum of agreement between Vilas County and the Lac du Flambeau Police Dept., contingent upon the review and approval of the agreement language by the Corporation Counsel. All voted aye. Carried.

Maintenance Dept. – report: R. Szuta reported a leakage problem with the new chiller. A warranty solution is being sought. Letters and communications: Nothing presented.

Closed Session: Motion by R. De Bruyne, 2nd by S. Doyen to convene into closed session pursuant to Wis. Stat. Section 19.85(1)(c) for the purpose of considering employment, promotion, compensation or performance evaluation data of any public employee over which the governmental body has jurisdiction or exercises responsibility. Purpose: Annual performance evaluation – I.T. Dept. Director and Maintenance Dept. Supervisor All voted aye. Carried. Closed session began at 9:53 A.M. Public Property Committee September 10, 2019 Page 2 of 2 During the Closed Session at 10:50 A.M., and prior to conducting the annual performance evaluation of the Maintenance Dept. Supervisor, S. Doyen recused himself and exited the meeting room. Return to Open Session: Motion by W. Maciag, 2nd by R. De Bruyne to adjourn the closed session and return to open session, pursuant to Wis. Stat. Section 19.85(1)(c). All voted aye. Carried. Open session resumed at 11:16 A.M.

Committee may take action on matters discussed in closed session: The committee took no action concerning items discussed during the Closed Session. Next regular meeting: The next regular meeting date is scheduled for 9:30 A.M. Tuesday, October 8, 2019. Adjournment: The Chair adjourned the meeting at 11:20 A.M. Respectfully submitted by: David R. Alleman, Vilas County Clerk


Power failures can damage Vilas County departments and a strong backup system is critical to allow functions to continue. The Public Property committee authorized spending for emergency generators that would provide at least a week of power to the backup storage systems in place at the Forestry department.

Information Technology department administrator Mike Duening told the committee recently  he has only one business so far that has requested details on what's wanted stressing “data is the nunber one work in this building” referring the the courthouse campus. “Vendor quotes for the generator at Forestry is hard to obtain,” Duening said. “We've had one vendor from Arbor Vitate, Trapp Electric, ask for our plan. I've now contacted our consultant to provide a larger list for us to contact.”

The county is looking at a 25 kw commercial generator in place next spring for instant use should it be needed. Duening indicated  it would take from four to five days to get usable data from the county storage units and there are some departments that are requred to have 24-hour backup in place.

Committee chair Ron DeBruyne indicated a local provider, Choice Tel, has a dedicated line to the courthouse, a fiber line to Rhinelander and another fiber line to Land O' Lakes which they own.

Vilas County's system connections with Choice Tel goes to Chicago either south in Wisconsin or across the UP and then to Chicago which gives connection flexability.

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