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Lee County Board approves GIS contract

USA: The Lee County Board of Supervisors approved a $5,000 study that will give the board a better idea of what needs to be done to update the county’s five-year-old GIS (Geographic Information System). The supervisors approved the contract with Poepping, Stone, Bach & Associates Inc., and the study will be completed in two phases.

Phase one, which will cost the county $2,500, will include interviewing current GIS users to determine the system’s level of use and reviewing GIS datasets and related expenditures. Phase two, which will cost the county another $2,500, will provide suggestions for more efficient use and provide time and cost estimate for upgrades.

Supervisors chose to approve the contract over another $5,000 bid for the study from Leon-based Pete Buckingham Consulting Inc. A $10,500 contract for an expanded version of the study by Pete Buckingham Consulting Inc. was tabled earlier in the month after supervisor Bob Woodruff questioned the need for such an expensive study that would take 100 hours to complete.

Earlier this year, the supervisors allocated $15,000 to fund a study to determine where the county is at with its GIS and whether the potential cost of further development would be worth the benefit gained. The current system consists of aerial images taken in 2001 overlaid with property maps. The system is for a variety of purposes, including economic development, real estate, mapping research and engineering.