County inks agreement for GIS mapping system

Tuesday, November 7, 2006

Saline County officials signed a contract with an Indianapolis company to provide Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping system on Tuesday, Nov. 7.

The Saline County Commission and the Saline County Assessor agreed to accept a contract with the Schneider Corporation for the amount of $161,274.

The city of Marshall has a separate contract for $61,452, and Marshall Municipal Utilities has a separate contract for $39,439.

Sarah Murray, a representative of the Schneider Corporation, was on hand at the Saline County Commission meeting to present the contract.

"This is really going to be a good thing for the city, the county and the municipal utilities department," Murray said.

Murray added that the mapping would be a good investment for the county and would allow various organizations to do "better business and quicker business."

The GIS mapping of the county would be used with a "base" map which is made up of aerial photographs of the county. The Schneider Corporation will introduce a number of "layers" onto the computerized maps, mapping out such things as voting districts, property lines, school districts, utilities, etc.

"It's a really good analysis tool," Murray said of the system.

The contract also includes ongoing maintenance and training for county, city or municipal employees who would be using the maps.

Murray also added that at some point, citizens would have access to the maps.

The commission had been trying to solidify the contracts for some time, and were pleased to have the contract signed.

"This is going to save a lot of time," Southern District Commissioner Dick Hassler said.

Contact Zach Sims at

marshallbusiness@socket.net

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