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City council considers GIS data proposal

Gothenburg City Council members received a boodle of information about a company that offers solutions to management of city assets.

Data about those assets, and maps, can then be placed at a person’s fingertips since it can be available on the Internet.

Brenda Wilson, sales manager for GIS Workshop, Inc., stressed the importance of management of city assets because of an aging workforce whose knowledge will disappear unless it’s documented in some way.

Getting rid of redundancies in different departments, the fact that more government reporting is required and the cutting of staff to trim budgets are more reasons for cities and other entities to maintain databases, she said.

“It’s more efficient if everyone is sharing the same data,” she said.

The City of Lexington contracted with her agency and feeds information about the city—via an employee—directly into a GIS program, she said.

Wilson said grant money, to help set up such a system, is available from the Nebraska State Record Board. A maximum of $25,000 is awarded per project.

Once officials decide they want the service and software is installed, she said it’s free for one year.

After that, the cost is $7,500 per year plus annual maintenance if GIS inputs the data.

City administrator Bruce Clymer said he was interested in the technology so the public, through the city website, could access such things as the kind of water mains in front of their homes and property information.

Clymer heard about the technology at a Mid-Winter Conference of the League of Nebraska Municipalities.

The council made no decision about the service.

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