The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

May 15, 2013

Village hammers out computer problem

Medina Journal-Register

Medina Journal-Register — The Village Board of Lyndonville channeled its inner “Office Space” Monday night when a computer hard drive suffered the wrath of a three-pound sledgehammer.

A state comptroller audit from earlier this year instructed the village to determine whether the hard drive could still be a useful asset. It had previously been in the mayor’s possession, according to the audit. He said it was inadvertently not returned until earlier this year.

“It’s been in village possession for several months,” said Mayor Steven McAvoy. Village technology personnel determined that the hard drive no longer served any purpose, and the state said physical destruction was the best way to go about getting rid of the hard drive.

“(The state) said this was one thing to do, so long as it gets destroyed,” McAvoy said, noting that the three-pound sledgehammer certainly destroyed the small piece of equipment.

Of that part of the state audit, McAvoy added, he was happy to see it “out of the way.”

Also on Monday, the board addressed a different part of the state audit that showed two previous village clerks were overpaid for unused leave time form when they left their position.

McAvoy said the board will seek reimbursement.

The board also began discussions about this summer’s July 4 parade. New state regulations have been implemented concerning parades that take place on state highways, and the Lyndonville Independence Day celebration is on Route 63. Permits need to be on file one month before any parade, so the board started the process to make sure the traditional festivities continue.

Trustees also scheduled their year-end meeting for May 29 at 6 p.m.