Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 22 January 2013 14:05
If all goes according to plan, public officials as well as private citizens will have dramatically faster, clearer and more detailed visual access to property parcels in Marion County.
County commissioners were expected to formally sign a contract Tuesday with Pictometry International Corp. to bring the newest generation of aerial oblique photography to the courthouse.
Cindy Magill, county appraiser, said she’s excited about the increased efficiency the upgraded geographic information system will provide for her department.
Rather than a single view, the new aerial photography will be able to generate a four-sided view of each of the 12,000-plus parcels in the county as early as this summer. She hopes to provide public access to the data within a year or two via the Internet.
“One of my goals since I’ve been here as appraiser is to get a working GIS system,” she said. “It’s another function for us to integrate with our GIS system, and be able to disseminate information to end users to use in whatever way they want.”
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 15 January 2013 14:07
U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp featured his message of irresponsible federal spending, dangerous foreign debt, nonsensical regulation and the tenuous future of entitlement programs for seniors when he came to Hillsboro Wednesday for his Marion County town hall meeting.
Beginning the second year of his first term in the House, Huelskamp included Marion County among the first four stops on this year’s goal to meet with constituents in each of the 65 counties comprising the “Big First” District.
Speaking to more than 50 people who filled a meeting room in the Hillsboro Civic Center, Huelskamp called the country’s $16.4 trillion debt “the big issue facing us today.”
He said that perspective was confirmed by an official representing the country’s biggest lender, China.
Written by Nicole Suderman Tuesday, 15 January 2013 14:11
Hillsboro sophomore Micah Allen scores during the Trojans’ 38-30 victory over Nickerson on Friday. This week, area teams will be competing in midseason tournaments.
Written by Patty Decker Tuesday, 15 January 2013 14:11
Trains with Union Pacific doubled their speed through the city of Marion Friday from 25 mph to 49 mph.
The reason for the increased speed is to help move freight fast on the track, an official spokesperson with UP said.
City Administrator Doug Kjellin said it’s very important for farmers around Marion, especially when field work begins in the spring to pay close attention.
“Most intersections outside the city limits are not gated,” Kjellin said. “This one needs to be in people’s minds as drivers try to judge crossing times around Marion.”
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 15 January 2013 14:10
With no new sightings reported in the past week or two, Hillsboro Police Chief Dan Kinning is hoping the case of the curious coyotes has been solved.
Kinning said his office received multiple reports about the presence of coyotes within city limits. He believes the sightings involve more than one coyote.
“Someone said they actually took a picture of one in town,” he said. “We live in a very rural area. They probably do come in (to town) after they’ve gotten a little bolder.”
Most of the sighting have been at night on the west side of town, Kinning said, but one daylight sighting occurred near the Tabor College campus.
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