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Mary Ann Redeker/GazetteLyon County commissioners hear from Russell Torrens, Lyon County noxious weed manager, regarding the need for the purchase of a a nurse tank and trailer for the county.

Lyon County commissioners decided a change was needed in their anti-virus software Thursday during their action session in the Lyon County Courthouse.

Commissioners approved a motion to replace Kaspersky, which they are currently using, with the purchase of Bitdefender Business Security in the amount of $5,088.

“I have been looking at blogs about anti-virus security since the first part of July,” Chuck Boyce, IT specialist said. “I’ve read some articles detailing hacking. I’ve been struggling with what we should do or if we should stay with Kaspersky. I’ve done a lot of research on this. We decided to test Bitdefender for the past 30 days, and we did well with it.”

Boyce recommended the replacement move to keep the records of Lyon County safe.

“I don’t want to be that government agency which gets hacked,” he said. “I’ve talked with some other counties which were using Kaspersky, and they were also thinking of jumping ship. The goal is to keep our records and correspondence safe.”

Commissioners were about a year and a half into their three-year contract with Kaspersky, and most likely will not receive a refund with the change.

“I think the loss of our contract with them is the least of our worries,” Commissioner Scott Briggs said. “I want to thank Chuck for his work on this and for keeping us safe.”

Commissioners also heard from Lyon County Noxious Weed Manager Russell Torrens, who asked the commission to consider the purchase of a 1,000-gallon nurse tank and trailer.

“We received three bids, and the unit from Ag Spray Equipment out of Newton was the cheapest,” Torrens said. “It will save a lot of time and money and will be able to cover larger areas in the county.”

The items are priced at $5,798.57, and was budgeted out of last year’s capital outlay fund for $6,500.

In other business, commissioners passed a resolution authorizing Lyon County and the State of Kansas Municipal Investment Pool, to authorize a substituted signature. The motion will add Brenda Barrett as an authorized individual, replacing Delores Turner, who will be retiring Dec. 15.

The commission also approved the Newman Regional Health gas easement with Kansas Gas Service, One Gas, Inc.

Commissioners approved warrants payable in the amount of $223,297.51.

The commission will meet again at 8 a.m. Sept. 6 for a study session and at 8 a.m. Sept. 7 for an action session.

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