County OKs aerial photo project

After asking for more information at their Jan. 8 meeting, Mille Lacs County commissioners approved a request at their Jan. 22 meeting  to participate in a state aerial photo project in the county.

Land Services Office director Michele McPherson requested the participation, saying the photos would be of a higher quality than in 2007, when the county paid the state $36,000 for a similar project.

This time around the cost will be $25,000, the funds coming from a Land Services Office fund of about $225,000.

The item was budgeted, McPherson told commissioners last week, and would come “essentially” from capital funds.

McPherson told commissioners before the vote that she had found no access to “real time” imagery in response to their questions from the previous meeting.

She said there would be photos available from Bing but there would be resolution and rectification questions.

McPherson, in answer to a question from Commissioner Tim Wilhelm about hard copies, said her office can do its work electronically but can do printouts for residents, which come at no charge.

She made reference to photos that accompanied the agenda for the meeting.

Commissioner Dave Oslin asked if participating in the state program would speed up the process for the Land Services Office and McPherson answered that general permitting would be much easier with the higher-quality photos.