Grand jury gives thumbs-up to county aerial mapping program

By From page A3 | June 14, 2014

FAIRFIELD — The Solano County grand jury issued a largely glowing report Friday on the county’s use of Geographic Information System mapping in spite of all the data being six years old.

The mapping is created by using aerial photography and was last done for Solano County in 2008.

The report recommended the county approve a $1.4 million contract with a private company that would conduct future flights every two years starting in late 2014 or in early 2015.

The report noted that county staff attendance at monthly meetings about the GIS mapping has been “less than stellar” and that lower level department staff have typically been the staff at the meetings.

“In all interviews and group meetings with the current users . . . nothing but positive comments were made,” the grand jury report noted. “Additional data is being collected and integrated and agency usage is increasing exponentially. The . . . system is providing important and useful data at a cost substantially less than the former manual retrieval efforts of the various agencies.”

The report ends by predicting “the use of GIS throughout Solano County could further unite the county as a complete community.”

Reach Jess Sullivan at 427-6919 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jsullivandr.

Jess Sullivan

Jess has covered the criminal justice system in Solano County for several years. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2003.

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  • Skeptic ScroogeJune 14, 2014 - 10:11 am

    Huge waste of $$, why pay for aerial when Google does it for free every two years? Just get the aerial maps off Google! Or buy them from Google! Its probably the same guy takingthe pictures!

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  • Mr. PracticalJune 14, 2014 - 1:15 pm

    SS, you may want to do a little research about what GIS is and how it's used. It's not what Google does.

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  • patrickJune 14, 2014 - 11:14 am

    Total waste of taxpayers money. and why is the grand jury even involved in this? WHO IS THE PRIVATE COMPANY GETTIN THE 1.4 MIL,? my guess is one of the good old boys.

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