Rhinebeck gets $71,756 Technology Grant from the County

The Town of Rhinebeck has announced the receipt of a $71,756 grant through the Dutchess County 2013 Municipal Consolidation and Shared Services Grant program for “Inter-Municipal Shared Technology Services”.

The grant will be used to acquire hardware – new computers, printers and scanners for both the Town and Village Halls, the Cemetery and Town Highway Department.  Additionally, it will allow the Town to utilize software assets, save money, upgrade infrastructure, and provide a ready technology framework for future shared services initiatives between the Town and Village. A server will provide central data access and backup, data sharing, secure intra and external login, new hardware, protected Wifi access, a fiber connection between offices, and Laserfiche (a digital records file management software).

According to Marcus Molinaro, the County Executive, in a letter to the Town said, “the creation of a computer network to the Town and the Village of Rhinebeck to share information, reduce duplicative tasks, and enter data is exactly the type of project envisioned as a result of this grant program”.

Elizabeth Spinzia, Rhinebeck Town Councilperson and author of the grant said, “I am thrilled that we received this grant from the county”.  Spinzia researched and wrote the grant over several months – first concentrating on the needs of the Town and then expanding the project to include the Village.  “The use of shared technology and infrastructure will not only allow our Town staff to work more effectively, but it will also lead to operational efficiencies and allow for more collaborative and shared services between the Town and Village in the future”.

The grant is a reimbursement program that will be facilitated through a formal contract between the Town of Rhinebeck and the County.  The project is expected to be completed in the first half of 2014.