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Lawrence councilors skeptical about network woes

Posted at 10:29 PM, Dec 04, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-04 22:29:07-05

LAWRENCE, Ind. -- A continuing, citywide computer meltdown in Lawrence has come center stage this week.

City servers went down nearly a month ago, and it doesn't look like a fix will come anytime soon.

The city still can't send out accurate monthly water bills, and city employees are still filling out by hand paperwork for permits, purchase orders and licensing.

The servers crashed just three days after Mayor Dean Jessup lost his bid for re-election – an outage the administration blamed on a failed attempt to install a software upgrade. But some members of the Lawrence Common Council are skeptical of that explanation.

"The timing is incredibly suspect," said Council Vice President Linda Treat. "When it goes down three days after the election and everything is in lockdown, and you can't get a bill paid or a check spent, it's incredibly suspicious. If I had something I was concerned about in the administration, I think the timing is perfect for the people involved."

Officials say the remedy for the problem may still be weeks away.

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