Segala questions grand jury report on GIS

By From page A4 | June 25, 2014

FAIRFIELD — The tone of a Solano County grand jury report – detailing delays with a GIS computer service – surprises Suisun City Councilman Mike Segala.

Segala, who serves on the Fairfield-Suisun Sewer District board of directors, referred at the district’s meeting Monday to the grand jury’s statement about poor management attendance at the regional geographic information system consortium committee.

Representatives of 14 agencies, including Solano County and the cities of Fairfield and Vacaville, are part of the consortium.

“It’s almost like my mother scolding me for not showing up at a meeting,” Segala said.

He called the report a somewhat heavy-handed try by the grand jury to move forward with GIS. Segala added that the grand jury report represents “a lot of work.”

Fairfield-Suisun and other agencies will respond formally to the report.

The document recounts that the Solano County Department of Information Technology leads building a single website for a geographic information system involving the county, cities and special districts.

No aerial photos were taken in 2013 for the GIS computer service because two agencies didn’t sign an agreement, the report adds.

The last flyover for aerial photography took place in 2008, the report states. With no flight in 2013, the next effort is scheduled between December 2014 and February 2015. The aerial flight is undertaken during dormant season of foliage for increased viewing, the report notes.

Yearly costs for the project total $240,503. The county’s share is $84,193 while Fairfield pays $16,835 and Vacaville’s share is $15,707.

Agencies using GIS data include the county Registrar of Voters. The registrar uses the system to map precincts, polling places and political districts.

Geographic information system technology increases efficiency and lowers costs, said the grand jury report, which congratulates county information technology for developing the system.

Reach Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or [email protected]

Ryan McCarthy


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