Marshall, Lyon County discuss law enforcement concerns

MARSHALL – Officials from Lyon County and the city of Marshall met Wednesday to talk about upcoming concerns for area law enforcement. The shared computerized records system the Marshall Police and the Lyon County Sheriff’s Department use is in serious need of some upgrades, law enforcement officials said.

At the work session Wednesday were members of the Lyon County Board, Lyon County Administrator Loren Stomberg, Marshall City Administrator Ben Martig, Marshall Public Safety Director Rob Yant and Lyon County Sheriff Mark Mather. The group heard a presentation from Computer Information Systems, the company that provides the computer system for Marshall and county law enforcement.

The Marshall/Lyon County law enforcement computer server is 7-8 years old and can no longer be updated, presenters said. They said city and county law enforcement could also improve their recordkeeping by switching to an electronic citation program instead of using paper citations. Once the server is replaced, CIS can offer updated mobile computer units and services.

Mather said he wanted to approach the Marshall City Council and Lyon County Board about just replacing the server first. The county could split costs with the city of Marshall, he said.

County commissioners Charlie Sanow and Mark Goodenow recommended that the idea be brought before the full county board. A representative from the Marshall City Council could not attend the meeting, Martig said, so official city action couldn’t be taken.

Other concerns mentioned at the work session included the possibility of building additional shared storage for impounded or seized vehicles. Currently, motor vehicles being stored by city and county law enforcement take up space in the parking lot outside the Law Enforcement Center.

Martig said the city is exploring the idea of building additional storage near the city bus garage. If the city eventually decides to pursue such a project, county law enforcement could also be included or given space in the structure, he said.