Thursday, June 14, 2018

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY DISCUSSION by Larry Fillmore

During the June 5, 2018 Town Council meeting, there was a discussion on MUNIS. MUNIS is the computer software used by the town to control the majority of its business. This software package cost the taxpayers $680,000.00 for a period of 7 years.

Apparently, the town was sold a bill of goods because it is not working out the way it was advertised. This is not surprising to me, because I remember the initial discussion about getting rid of TRIO. The Town Manager made two mistakes with this purchase:

The first mistake was taking advise from someone who had absolutely no credentials or certifications in the Information Technology field. She never thought to professional advice first.

The second mistake is pushing the Town Council into entering into a 7 year contract without first having the software installed and seeing how it would work for the town.

This is yet another example of the Town Manager duping the Town Council into getting her way. On June 5th at the meeting, she did it again and no one realized it. Instead of providing all the options and information, she left off a very important fact, “What is the cost of termination this contract?” To me and the Council because they asked, this information would be critical to making a sound decision but neither the Finance Director nor the Town Manager had that information. This is how she has always manipulated the Town Council.

The Town Council voted to spend $5,000.00 tax dollars on an assessment verses terminating this contract and going with another software package. Having the information on the penalty to terminate the contract early may have had an impact on the decision by the Town Council.

Chairman Ward should have tabled any further discussion until the Town Manager was able to provide ALL information needed for the Council to make a sound and logical decision. It should be a rule that if all the information is not available at the time of the discussion, the item will be tabled until all information is available to the Council. Information needed to make decisions by the Town Council is conveniently not available. This is how our Town Council is being forced to make decisions that the Town Manager wants.

The Town Manager is being paid over $90,000.00 yearly and should be providing better recommendations to our Town Council.

Larry Fillmore