Dan Ingalls, director of Facilities Management, met with the Butler County Board of Commissioners at the meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 19 to recommend awarding the bid for the north highway shop roof replacement.

The portion of the roof in need of replacement serves the office, parts room and sign room. It is a flat, modified bit roof. This roof has had several leaks in the past which have been repaired. However, the drainage does not get to the drains – allowing for ponding of water. The replacement would build up the roof to force water to get to the drains. When the roof was cored, water was found to have penetrated the roof membrane – damaging the sub roof. All of this will have to come off, down to the decking.

The upper roof, which serves the main shop portion, is in good shape and won't require any replacement in the near future.

$42,000 is budgeted in the capital improvement plan (CIP) for this project. Three bid proposals came in: Stanfield Roofing of El Dorado proposed $22,900 for a TPO-type roof, Ryan Roofing of Salina proposed $26,878.12 for a Duro Last-type roof and Buckley Roofing of Wichita proposed $35,880 for a TPO-type roof.

"Staff recommends that we go with Stanfield Roofing of El Dorado for replacement of the lower roof at the north highway shop," Ingalls said.

The board of county commissioners awarded the bid to Stanfield Roofing.

Before the meeting adjourned, County Administrator Will Johnson updated the board of commissioners on the recovery status of the county's computer network after the ransomware attack that occurred Saturday, Sept. 9 between 2 and 3 p.m. He mentioned that the network should be at 100 percent by the end of the day.

"Everything is back up and running except for the Orion Software, and it's been running the backup now to reload it for almost four days because there's so much data there," Johnson said.

Orion is software used by the appraiser's office.

The process of restoring the attacked software consists of putting the encrypted data on a different server and then decrypting it back to its original server.

"I'm not aware of any data that was lost along the way. We had a few things that we were decrypting that didn't come up quite right that've been corrected," Johnson said.

Butler County will immediately implement two changes to help prevent future cyber attacks. First, all county staff are having to reset passwords. Second, the county's password policy will be amended to require at least 14 characters instead of a minimum of eight.

"The hackers ... can break an eight-digit password in less than 20 seconds," Johnson said.

Johnson stated that he was unaware whether or not the county paid a ransom to the hacker or hackers for the data that was held hostage, and has since been recovered and is being restored, in the attack.

"I have no idea what occurred there because that's handled through the attorney and the data encryption [and] data restoration team – and in conjunction with our insurance carrier," Johnson said.

Johnson commended the county's information technology (IT) staff for putting in numerous hours this last week in response to the hack.

"No public safety was compromised with this. This is nothing more than a major inconvenience to us and to the public," Johnson said.