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  • Tuesday, June 19, 2018
    County OKs records indexing

    Washington County’s records, some dating back 180 years, will be going electronic.

    Commissioners this morning approved a contract with EdocTech for “back indexing” of deeds.

    County Clerk Beth Rothermel said her office “is being innundated with requests from oil companies and deed companies,” asking about specific information.

    The county keeps its deeds and other records in books, although those have been “digitized” as a backup in case those books are destroyed, Rothermel told commissioners.

    However, indexing that would allow for a quick search of records only go back to the 1940s.

    “It’s a very cumbersome thing. We’ve been trying to do this in our office, but it’s such a long process and we can’t devote a lot of time to it,” said Rothermel.

    A contract with ImageTech will “help us get further back,” she told commissioners.

    Indexing would allow online searches to be done using a key word such as a name.

    The contract with ImageTech is for $93,559.

    Commissioners also:

    • Approved the appointment of Vincent Henson to the county’s Salary Review Board.
    • Henson replaces former county engineer Don Werth, who retired.
    • Approved a variance request for a tract of property on Sandy Hill Road.