Watertown Seeking Information Technology Partnership With Dodge County

(Juneau) Dodge County is looking at offering their information technology services to the city of Watertown. Mayor Emily McFarland told the county’s executive committee this week that the city is need of technical support. She says due to spending limitations imposed by the state expenditure restraint program, which Watertown is a part of, they do not the funds available to address their IT concerns.

Watertown does not have a dedicated IT employee and currently utilizes the services of two separate contractors, which McFarland says is an expensive cost. She says working together would be beneficial for both parties. McFarland says Watertown would finally have the leadership and constancy in IT as well as have public safety infrastructure aligned and supported by the county.

Dodge County IT Director Justin Reynolds says they are estimating roughly 400 hours annually with two days each month on site. The preliminary cost would be $95 per-hour. The county is also looking at starting with a six-month pilot program to allow both sides to evaluate and review the agreement. Supervisor Joe Marsik says it is important to support the communities of Dodge County and when the villages and townships do well, the county does well.

Several supervisors did have concerns over other communities wanting to join the program which could spread the county’s IT department too thin. The plan is to bring forward an intergovernmental agreement for the county board to vote on at their April meeting.