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Union County plans update for aerial images

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014 11:23 a.m. CDT

Union County residents will have an updated bird’s eye view of the county as elected officials plan a new contract to supplement their geographic information system (GIS).

The Union County Board of Supervisors plans to sign with Pictometry International Corp. for the aerial photographs, which will be taken later this spring.

“We are having a new flight done,” said Union County Assessor Gene Haner. “The old flight is five to six years old now.”

The contract is three payments of about $18,000 over three years. The county assessor will cover half the cost, while supervisors and engineer split the remainder.

The expense is figured into their upcoming budgets. The assessor can use the images in the GIS program to see the owner, parcel number and legal description of properties in the county. Secondary roads can use the GIS to see bridges, road names and signage throughout the county.

“The county engineer is using it more and more,” said Union County Supervisor Chairperson Dennis Brown. “We are renewing it because the original contract we signed has run out.”

Everyone can access the sites basic level and select a variety of viewing options. To access the site, visit the Union County assessor’s website and click the GIS mapping tab on the left side of the page.

New chairperson

The Union County Board of Supervisors voted Brown to be the new chairperson for 2014 during a special session at the Union County Courthouse Jan. 2.

Brown replaces Ron Riley, who served as chairperson in 2013. Lois Monday remains the vice chairperson.

“We plan on maintaining what we have been doing from last year, keep on keeping on and keep paying down our debt,” Brown said. “We will continue as a team, we being everyone in the courthouse.” Brown said the board planned to rotate the responsibilities of being chairperson because of the increased work load for all three supervisors after the board was reduced from five to three members in January 2013.

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