County appraisers asks for resources to improve mapping process

In Monday meeting of the marion County Commission, Clint Anderson, Marion County appraiser, asked commissioners to look at a proposal to update and continue the county mapping system.

He said since his department had gone for a time without a deputy appraiser, the budget had extra funds to carry over to next year.

Anderson hoped to take the next step in the mapping process, which will include the use of MapGuide software to have have the county map available to computers in the courthouse.

This plan also includes the ability to attach documents with the map so that a courthouse employee could double-click on the property mapped and receive a list of available documents. Then click on the document, such as the property deed, and have an immediate resource.

His package includes a request for:

n another Auto-CAD map which can only be purchased through the government.

“This is used with all government contracts and it is substantially less expensive than the retail version.”

— MapGuide software to allow the finished product on personal computers in the courthouse. This software comes with a license of ten, but Anderson explained that ten people could be using the software on ten different computers in the courthouse and they would all work at the same time.

— a new personal computer for the department to allow staff to add annotation as the next step in the mapping process.

— a copier with the capacity to scan.

“We copy a huge array of different things,” Anderson explained. He said the department copies an average of 1,500 copies per month.

The commission asked for time to study the detailed proposal and will offer their opinion before the end of the year.

In other business, David Brazil, director of Planning and Zoning, received a letter from city of Peabody informing him of a home on the southern edge of the town which was being reconstructed and asked Brazil to measure the property line to be sure they were more than 400 feet outside of the city line. That would require them to hook up to Peabody water waste. Brazil told the commission he would measure the property.

Sheriff Lee Becker reported his completion of “Sheriff School.” Forty-three of the 105 county sheriffs in the state attended the classes.

“It was a good school,” he said. “I received lots of good information and there was a wide diversity of areas represented.”

The next meeting of the commission will be Tuesday, Dec. 26.

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