State project request denied

A request by Land Services Office Director Michele McPherson to have the county participate in an aerial photo project with the state, at a cost of $25,000, was denied by county commissioners at their Jan. 8 meeting.

McPherson asked that the county participate in the spring project, saying that the 12-inch resolution photos would be much better than the three-meter ones last done with the state in 2007 at a cost of $36,000.

Commissioner Dave Oslin asked how much better the photos would be and McPherson said the detail would be better and that “having clear resolution is very helpful.”

In her request McPherson said the photos would complement the county’s GIS parcel base map and be made available to the public as part of that project.

Money for the project would come from the Land Offices fund, which has a substantial balance, McPherson said in answer to a question from a commissioner.

Commissioner Tim Wilhelm asked if Google maps could be used, or possibly military maps that are available.

A motion by Commissioner Roger Tellinghuisen to approve the request died for lack of a second.

Wilhelm, a retired National Guard officer, then suggested looking at other options, such as the military site. He asked if McPherson could provide more information.